The Choteau-area 4-H clubs planned to do their annual door-to-door food drive in Choteau on Oct. 28, but a howling fall blizzard forced the cancellation of the event. The 4-Hers instead invited people to bring food and monetary donations to the volleyball tournament in Choteau or directly to the food pantry. So far, people have donated 500 pounds of food and $230 in cash. But, the food drive usually brings in 1,500 to 2,000 pounds of food so, Choteau folks, we need to step up our game and make sure the food drive isn’t derailed by this fall’s awful weather.

Teton County Extension Agent Jane Wolery, who worked with the 4-H members who organized the food drive, says it’s not too late to help out. “If you are planning to take a bag or box of food to the food pantry, maybe call a few friends or check with you neighbors to see if they’d like you to take their donations, too,” Wolery says. “Mother Nature didn’t help us out last week for door-to-door food drive, but you still can!

People can take their food donations to the Food Pantry (located in the back of the library building) during regular library hours, Monday through Friday. If those hours aren’t convenient to donors, feel free to drop off nonperishable food items (whose expiration dates have not been reached) at the Choteau Acantha, 216 First Ave.

N.W., and we will make sure your donations make it to the Food Pantry. The Acantha is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Low-income families with children, senior citizens on fixed incomes and anyone going through an emergency (house fire, loss of job, health issues) rely on disbursements from the Food Pantry to make sure they have food on the table. Let’s make sure we don’t let this vulnerable population down this fall. Let’s make sure that we mindfully support the Food Pantry even though there isn’t a young 4-Her at our door, asking for donations.

Choteau is known for generously supporting the Food Pantry. Let’s keep that generous spirit giving by making the time to fill a sack of groceries from our pantries and taking that donation to either the Food Pantry or the Acantha. Let’s make sure the Food Pantry’s shelves are bountifully stocked as the volunteers there prepare to package up Christmas boxes, senior food parcels and emergency disbursements.