Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Food Pantry and a Food Bank?
A food pantry provides food for hungry persons and families. A food bank distributes food to various food pantries. Compare a food pantry to a grocery store and a food bank to a wholesaler of food. Occasionally a food bank will function as a pantry in isolated areas where there are no pantries by sending out a truckload of food to be distributed on a regular, but infrequent, schedule.
How often can I get food for my family at a food pantry?
One household can come to the Emergency Food Pantry every other month, with a maximum of six visits in a given year. Other pantries may have different rules regarding frequency of distribution; a family may also visit other food pantries if it qualifies.
How does the Emergency Food Pantry decide how much and what kind of food is given to my family?
A chart has been prepared showing amounts of food to give to varying sizes of families. Consideration is given to individuals in the family who may have special needs or are children of various ages, and appropriate foods and some supplies will be distributed to the family along with the general foods shown on the chart.
Can my family get food stamps and also get food from the Emergency Food Pantry?
You are encouraged to enroll in all programs for which you qualify, including the food stamp program. The Emergency Food Pantry is available when you encounter an unusual circumstance that is a true emergency. This might happen while you are enrolled in the food stamp program; and, if so, the Emergency Food Pantry would be glad to serve you with a week's supply of food.
How can I become an Emergency Food Pantry volunteer?
You can contact the Pantry by phone (701-237-9337) or use the "Contact Us" form on this website to inquire about current volunteer opportunities at the Pantry.