North Fremont Food Pantry
About 7 years ago, Reverend Barbara Bunsold and Klara Varga Bainbridge saw a need for a food pantry in Ashton. They wanted it to be community based with the idea of all denominations helping, participating, and donating. Klara approached the City Council and Mayor at a City Council meeting about the idea and wondered where there was space available to have the Food Pantry. They offered the space in the upstairs of the Ashton Community Center, and it was a done deal. They made the Ashton Community Center home for the North Fremont Food Pantry. The North Fremont Food Pantryhave received their non-profit status. They would like to shout out a big “Thank You” to the Grand Teton Relay, businesses, scouts, and individuals for their donations of time, energy, food, and money! The North Fremont Food Pantrydistributes food every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. You must have photo I.D. and can receive food once a month. The volunteers who run the North Fremont Food Pantry make up boxes ahead of time for a family of 2 or 4 which includes about $35 of food and personal items for a family of 2 and about $70 of food and personal items for a family of 4. The North Fremont Food Pantry serves 35-45 families. That is approximately 120 individuals per month. A challenge that continues for the North Fremont Food Pantryis knowing that there are many individuals or families out there that need food but don’t utilize the North Fremont Food Pantry. They recently have seen a small increase of senior citizens, whom they are happy to help.
Last year the Idaho Food Bank came before Christmas time and brought extra food to distribute to those in need. Some of the volunteers noticed a greater need from some community members that don’t regularly visit the food pantry. The North Fremont Food Pantry board would like to find a way to reach out to those in need and be able to help them. And as in any organization striving to help the community, volunteers are always needed on Wednesday nights when food is distributed and other times to sort and shelve the donated food. Funds are not as healthy right now and they are short on money to purchase turkeys this year. So anyone that would like to donate to the North Fremont Food Pantry, it would really be appreciated! Also, those wishing to donate canned foods and/or non-perishables can drop them off at Dave’s Jubilee or at the Ashton Library.
The North Fremont Food Pantry is made up of a board including: President—Freida Mirelez; Vice-President-John Blower; Secretary—Caroline Neubauer; Treasurer—Klara Varga Bainbridge; and board member at large—Bobbie Hibbert. They meet every 1st Tuesday of each month in the evening. Anyone wishing to help is welcome to attend. For questions please call Freida @ 403-8916.
We as the Ashton Area Chamber of Commerce are thankful for the North Fremont Food Pantry and the service it provides for our community. We hope as the holiday season approaches that we can all be mindful of our neighbors and their possible needs at this time and throughout the winter months.