BY BARBARA ANNE GREENE
Those living in South Big Horn County need not go hungry thanks to the Salvation Army/Basin Food Pantry and Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR).
The Salvation Army/Basin Food Pantry takes up 1/4 of the Town of Basin meeting room/chamber building. Those giving out food from the pantry are Salvation Army volunteers. The food comes from the Rocky Mountain Food Bank, local food donations and local cash donations.
One of the Salvation Army volunteers is Terri Thon. She said that people could donate to the pantry at anytime. “There is a collection box in the foyer of the building the chamber is in or items may be dropped off at Basin town hall.” Any cash donations are used to purchase additional food such as meat. The donated money was used to buy turkeys and hams for the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets that were handed out. Food from FBR is delivered to the food pantry once a month.
Food from the pantry can be accessed at anytime for those in severe need for food immediately. The pantry is not the same as commodities.
Commodities are given out once a month. The majority of the food also comes from FBR. The volunteers that organize and distribute the food also collect donations so additional food may be purchased.
Those wanting commodities will be asked to fill out a TEFAP Certification of Eligibility and Distribution Record. Commodities are distributed once as month. Those seeking them should come to the back door of the meeting room/chamber from 10-noon on the designated day. The next date for commodities is Feb. 1, 2018.