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Holiday season brings big demand for Bread Basket

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RONAN – A big demand compared to last year has left the Ronan Bread Basket’s shelves nearly bare as Thanksgiving nears. Vice President Gloria Kramer says the donations have been pretty good so far, but the demand far outweighs what’s coming in.

“We’re up a little bit, but we can always use donations,” Kramer said. “Right now we’re giving away Christmas stuff such as chickens, turkeys, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes-the traditional Thanksgiving meal items.” Through November, Town Pump is matching all donations brought to the Bread Basket, but Kramer says they won’t know how much they will have matched until the end of the month. The organization also has a special going on right now where they are giving out canned pumpkin and canned milk.

“It’s important that people donate,” Kramer added. “It helps out community and the low income and hungry. This is a meal.”

The Bread Basket allows people to come once a month, given they live in the organization’s service area, which runs halfway between Polson and St. Ignatius.

Through the summer months, the Bread Basket typically does well with incoming food, as the gardening months bring an abundance of lettuce and vegetables to the non-profit organization. But when winter comes, the lack of gardening affects the Bread Basket’s incoming food supply immensely.

“We never slow down in winter,” Kramer said. “People donate for the holidays, but we need donations year-round.”

The Bread Basket is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, which is when people can come down and drop off non-perishable food items or money.

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