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November 2022 Pantry Overview

Posted on 12-5-2022

This month of November 2022 UMC (Ir) supplied the pantry. We would like to thank them. We appreciate all the donations of food & money. Thank you so much.

In December 2022 it is St. Thomas (DS) turn to supply the pantry.
The next few months the following churches will take a turn:

  • January - C&MA (DS)
  • February - DSCC (DS)
  • March - ALC (DS)

For everyone who donated this month, thank you for thinking of the pantry & all of the families that need the pantry.

Groceries bought at Maynard’s for the pantry can be left at Maynard’s & they will deliver on Tues. when we are open, or, if you prefer to give a monetary donation you can send it to
Kingsbury County Food Pantry PO Box 202 DeSmet SD 57231

Checks should be made out to Kingsbury County Food Pantry or KCFP

Either way we thank you so much & May God Bless YOU!!! WE CAN DEFINITELY FIND A HOME FOR ANY FOOD DONATED THERE IS A BIG NEED IN KINGSBURY COUNTY.


The following are the people who were helped at the pantry this last month:

  • 34 families
  • 6 new family (19 return families)
  • 67 all people
  • 15 children 17 & under
  • 29 adults 18-59
  • 23 seniors 60 +
  • 12 out of 22 senior box recipients also came in for extra food
  • 22 Senior Boxes
  • 190 back packs - 80 DeSmet School and 110 Lake Preston School

We gave out 30 turkey vouchers for Thanksgiving We are taking over Christmas boxes for ICAP this year as the Kingsbury County ICAP no longer has a representative. ICAP is sending letters to anyone eligible for the Christmas boxes. All others will be offered a turkey or ham but will not be offered the bag unless we have extra.

It is the only way we can make sure the poorest in the county are taken care of first. No one will go home without enough to make a decent meal though.


The items needed for next month

  • Christmas dinner fixings: anything to go with a turkey or ham.
  • Pasta (all kinds)
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Soup & Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Sugar
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Juice
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Canned Fruit (any kind)
  • Canned Meat (Canned Tuna, Canned Chicken, or Canned Spam, etc.)
  • Cookies & Snacks (popcorn, cheese, kettle corn, pretzels, granola bars, snack crackers, pop tarts, cake, brownie, & cookie mixes)

Non-Food Items Items

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Kleenex
  • Laundry Soap
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Dish Soap

Personal Care Items

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Tooth Paste
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Body Wash
  • Liquid Soap
  • Disposable razors
  • Shave Cream
  • etc

REMEMBER IF YOU BUY AT MAYNARDS THEY WILL DELIVER WHEN WE ARE OPEN SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE A SPECIAL TRIP. THEY ARE VERY GOOD TO US. YOUR DONATION WILL GET TO US THE VERY NEXT TUESDAY.


The American Lutheran Church is partnering with the pantry for a "Warm Winter Project". We did a warm clothing drive, including winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, socks, sweaters, etc. We were collecting new, clean, and very ently used (socks had to be new).

Many of these items are still at the Lutheran Church. If you or someone you know needs warm clothes, please go to the Lutheran Church and get what you need.

We Helped:

  • 16 families
  • 60 adults & kids coats
  • 30 winter vests & sweatshirts
  • 20 shirts & sweaters
  • 15 adult & kid snow pants
  • Numerous hats gloves mittens scarves & socks

Want to thank the Lutheran Church! Thank you to Glenda, Janet & all the other volunteers who helped with this project.


Thank You, Robyn Flickinger
Coordinator

Warm Winter Project Giveaway

Posted on 10-11-2022

The Lutheran Church in DeSmet is working with the Kingsbury County Food Pantry to collect NEW and GENTLY USED Winter Wear. If you can donate any of the following in any size, children or adult, men and women:

  • Coats
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Boots
  • Socks

Please bring these items to the entryway of the Lutheran Church Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm.

We will be collecting for a few weeks, and have the giveaway on Thursday November 3rd and Friday November 4th from 9am to 3pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also call for an appointment at (605)854-3684.


Thank You, Robyn Flickinger
Coordinator

2021 Yearly Totals

Posted on 1-4-2022

Below is a report showing an overview of people served at the Kingsbury County Food Pantry in 2021. If you have any questions regarding the report, please contact us

2021 Yearly Totals Report (PDF)

Bella Ward - Thank You!

Posted on 10-5-2020

Bella Ward celebrated her 11th birthday Sunday at the DeSmet Event Center with her classmates. Bella has always been concerned for the well being of others and has asked her classmates to bring donations to the food pantry instead of a gift.

This young lady is special, she is selfless. She had a party and assuredly deserved the gifts her friends would bring to her birthday celebration. But, she choose to help needy people instead. She asked her friends to bring food for the Kingsbury County Food Pantry in lieu of gifts.

No one made her do this, this was 100% her idea and I felt her selflessness should be reported because my heart leapt for joy when I heard a young person wanted to help those who have so little. I was pretty sure others would feel the same.

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Bake Sale/Lemonade Stand Fundraiser

Posted on 8-26-2019

These kids got together on their own and had a bake sale / lemonade stand this past week. They donated all their money to the Kingsbury County Food Pantry. There was NO adult organizing it, it was conceived & executed by this wonderful group of young people. Although when they told Devin Club what they wanted to do, she was kind enough to give them a hand & be their chauffeur. Devon Clubb assured me tho that the kids thought it up, did their own baking, & selling.

If you see these kids, tell them what a great thing they did. If these are the people who are going to rule the world one day. I think everything is going to be ok.

lemonade stand fundraiser

Pictured from left to right - MaKaylee Scott, (in front of MaKaylee is) Tegan Currier, Hailey Lee, Neva Clubb, Logan Griffith, Audi Currier, Aubree Blue, Kenna Currier, Nash Clubb, and finally me, Robyn Flickinger.

Cattlemen's Association - Thank You

Posted on 4-2-2019

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the Cattlemen's Association for donating a brand new freezer to the food pantry. It is very much appreciated and a great blessing to the community.

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A Boy and His Bear

Posted on 1-3-2019

easton and stuffed bear

Ruth Severson donated the teddy bear to the Kingsbury County Food Pantry (thank you) for a raffle. A 10 year old boy named Easton ended up winning the raffle and seems to really love his new bear. The raffle was held at Wards store.


While we try to keep the information on this website current, please call to verify all information or stop by the food pantry to verify the details on this page.

If you have any questions, please give Robyn a call at 605-203-1993.

Food Pantry Hours/Contact Info

We are open Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm.

The pantry will be closed on any holiday that falls on Tuesday this year. It will also be closed any time the weather is bad enough that the De Smet school is closed.

Kingsbury County Food Pantry
221 Calumet Ave SW
PO Box 202
De Smet, SD 57231
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Phone: 605-203-1993

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