When it comes to the season of giving, Bowman County is there and has always been there to meet the food needs of local residents.
According to Michael Rice, the treasurer for the Bowman/Slope Community Cupboard, the people of Bowman County have responded even in the season of COVID-19.
“You wouldn’t believe it. We are getting so many (donations). The people of Bowman and the surrounding areas are super, super generous... not only money but also food and people offering to help,” he explained Monday.
People have been donating most of the items that the cupboard has stocked, he said. “I would say it is 60-40 individuals to businesses. That is simply because a lot of the individuals are donating through their churches and through different organizations and food drives.”
One of the recent examples was during the Festival of Lights in Bowman in early December. “The Bowman Development Corporation had an entry fee for people to go in, so we got a donation from them. There has been another donation coming from the Scranton churches. Another came from the Bowman Lions.
“It is the people who are supplying the foodstuffs. The businesses are donating with money,” Rice said.
“This time of the year is very fulfilling for the Cupboard,” he said.
“During the summer donations can be kind of thin as people go on vacations. There aren’t a lot of opportunities to have food drives.”
The cupboard is still looking for food drives and volunteers to help, he added. They should contact Monica Septon. There is also a local cupboard in Amidon. Both locations are part of the western region of the Great Plains Food Bank.
For the people who get food from the Bowman cupboard every third Wednesday one block east of Main Street, Rice said they ask people not to get food from the Amidon cupboard.
“It is just like a regular grocery store,” Rice said, describing the Bowman location. “The only difference is we can offer what we are given.”