Becker County Food Pantry receives $11,670 donation from the Lake Sallie and Melissa Improvement Association – Detroit Lakes Tribune


DETROIT LAKES — The Becker County Food Pantry received an $11,670 donation from the Lake Sallie and Melissa Improvement Association on Oct. 6.

Mike Becraft, president of the Lake Sallie and Melissa Improvement Association, said the group used to do an annual food drive, but said a monetary donation would probably go a lot further.

“Last year, we raised $7,000, this year we raised $11,670,” said Becraft. “And it’s all from members, their donations.”

He also said donating to the food pantry is important because for every dollar someone gives the food pantry, they can turn it around and get $8 of use out of it.

“The whole focus of (the lakes improvement association) is to maintain the quality of lakes and the quality of the community,” he said. “And we try our best to be good community members and this is a good way to do it.”

Last Tuesday, 84 families picked up food pantry boxes from the distribution center.

“It’s very important that those of us who are privileged understand that there are people struggling out there and we need to help them,” said Becraft.

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Brad Carlson, right, executive director of the Becker County Food Pantry, gives Mike Becraft, president of the Lake Sallie and Melissa Improvement Association, a hug after the group donated more than $11,000 to the food pantry at their distribution center in Detroit Lakes on Oct. 6, 2022.

Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Brad Carlson, executive director for the Becker County Food Pantry, said every month the food pantry purchases about $20,000 worth of food from the food bank and the $11,670 donation from the Lake Sallie and Melissa Improvement Association will help cover those costs.

“Our numbers are picking back up,” said Carlson. “During COVID, it just dropped way down and now all of that extra money is drying up and costs are up and people are starting to take advantage again.”

The Becker County Food Pantry is looking to move into a new facility along Terry Street in Detroit Lakes as soon as next year, however, the city is not planning on hooking up the sewer and water to the new facility until next spring.

He added Foltz Buildings is hoping to begin building the structure this fall.

“Things are in the works,” he said. “We’ve had people for the past year writing us checks, so technically, we have enough money (for the new building). We’re in the wait routine.”

Carlson added: “We really appreciate (the Lake Sallie and Melissa Improvement Association) stepping forward as they’ve done this for years … and we appreciate that they remember us.”



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