Sheridan pantry faces threat of closure owing to low funds, supplies


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:46 am on Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Dolores Halvorsen Memorial Pantry is running low on supplies and funds. If items are not donated, the pantry will have to close.

 

SHERIDAN — A local food pantry is looking for help as products and funds are running low and the possibility of shutting down is threatening to become definite.

In 2009, a food pantry was started at the VFW Post 5065 in Sheridan by Dolores Halvorsen to help those who were in need. She died in 2011.

“She was a giving person,” said her husband, Eric Halvorsen. “People would call her saying they could feed their children and she would come down and open the pantry. Sometimes she would give them money out of her own pocket.”

A donation of $2,500 was given to the pantry after it was established to help it keep going, but now funds, along with products, are running low.

“We are running short on cash,” Halvorsen said.

Helen Greenhoe, chairwoman for the Dolores Halvorsen Memorial Pantry, said the pantry serves between 70 and 85 families each month.

The pantry is only open one day per month – the second Thursday.

Currently, Greenhoe said the supply is very light and unless donations come in, the pantry will have to close its doors.

“We need a couple hundred dollars to get us through March,” Greenhoe said, noting as of right now, the pantry being open in April is questionable. “After next month, we will have nothing left.”

The pantry offers as much as it can to people, including the necessary toiletries products and food from tooth brushes and toilet paper to soups, mixes, canned vegetables and more.

Anyone interested in donating to the pantry can do so by visiting the VFW Post 5056 at 209 W. Washington in Sheridan, or by mailing to P.O. Box 37, Sheridan, MI 48884.

“We need both (products and financial) donations to keep us going,” she said.

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