Flion Lions food drive

The Hooterville Flion Lions Club conducted its semiannual food drive project on Saturday with help from some Boy Scout members from the Minot Air Force Base. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., they collected non-perishable food items at Arrowhead MarketPlace Foods in Minot. All food donations were given to the food pantry at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and Community Action.

Mary Ellen Haskins, vice-president of the Hooterville Flion Lions Club, said they have been conducting their food drives for 25 to 30 years and the club has been in existence for 39 years. Mitch Koch, treasurer of the Hooterville Flion Lions Club, added that when they first started doing food drives, a tent was set up outside and they camped out for 24 hours. Back then, the food drive was called “Camping for Cans.”

People could donate either non-perishable food or money to the food drive, Haskins said. They receive a wide variety of food donated, too, she added. At the end of the day, the food would be picked up by people from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Community Action also received part of the food donations. Community Action prefers to have donations of food that can be eaten in the car, Haskins said, because a lot of people are living in their cars these days.

“The food drive is a time for us to get together and do a service for the community,” Haskins said. “I always enjoy doing service jobs where I can give back to the community.”

There have been times when people have walked up to the Hooterville Flion Lions food drive booth with a bag of food and donated the entire bag, Haskins said. The person who has just donated the entire bag of food will add, “I’ve been there,” she said.

“People in this area are so generous,” Haskins said.