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Devils Lake food pantry preparing for busy season

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Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - A Devils Lake Food Pantry is ramping up its fundraising efforts.

The end of the year is always the busiest time for the Hope Center.

Workers are planning ahead to keep up with the need in the Lake Region.

The Christian Motorcycle Association will take off tomorrow morning for the Ride for Hope, benefiting the Devils Lake Hope Center. Last year's ride raised a thousand dollars for the food pantry, money that goes a long way.

Jeff Wahl/Hope Center board president: “It'll last for two months for food buying.”

The Hope Center kick starts its fundraising efforts in the fall, hoping to raise enough money to ensure that no one goes hungry in the Lake Region.

Wahl says, ”We're currently serving over 100 households and about 7500 pounds of food per month.”

Those numbers are expected to climb as we near the holiday season, just a couple months away.

Wahl explains, “We're moving into the time of the year where there's extended school breaks, where there's not food at home, and so we need to provide for the immediate needs of our neighbors that need food.”

It's a food pantry, but officials say the best way to help the Hope Center is with a financial donation. That way they can buy food items that they're low on in order to provide a balanced selection for people in need for the Lake Region.

Wahl adds, “We have no state help. Nobody's helping the Hope Center except for the community.”

It takes a team of 40 local volunteers to keep the Hope Center running, many of whom know the struggle many families face.

Wahl says, “I know what it's like to be hungry, and I know what it's like to not get what you need for nutrition and things like that. It's just something that we thrive for. I want to give back.”

That's why The Hope Center is getting a jump on raising funds. A community that helps its own.

Wahl says, “And without their donations, we're not gonna get help to the people that need help.”

Any car or motorcycles can join tomorrow's ride.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Bjornson's in Devils Lake.

Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.