At a well attended gathering, representatives from Alsco Inc. presented Community Dinner Table board members with a check for $25,000 to be used to create the new Community Food Pantry. This grant was part of Alsco’s celebration of 125 years of being in business. Only a handful of grants were awarded across the nation and CDT was thrilled to receive one of them.
Presenting the check was Christian Utley, the manager of the Blackfoot Alsco plant along with David Rebol, a marketing manager with the company from Salt Lake City.
The grant has helped pay for much of the materials and supplies needed to create the new Pantry. Ronda Cheatham and Sheila VanOrden (directors over the Pantry) are excited about the new facility. When completed it will provide a location for permanent food storage and distribution to the hungry in Blackfoot and Bingham County. It will also provide a location for educational classes on food preparation and management, budgeting, employment and other topics intended to foster self reliance.
In attendance at the presentation ceremony were city, county and state officials, as well as Alsco employees and volunteers that have worked on the pantry. The pictures provide a snapshot of the event.