Published August 6, 2023

The Lord’s Cupboard 

Written by
Kim Fundingsland
| The Dakotan
A volunteer tends to vegetables being raised for distribution at The Lord's Cupboard food pantry. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)
A volunteer tends to vegetables being raised for distribution at The Lord's Cupboard food pantry. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

A Slice of Life 

It’s a story that never gets old. People helping people. Concerned volunteers dedicated to a cause. Businesses assisting their community. Groups, teams, generously giving of their time. 

All the above, and more, have become a part of the necessary service provided by The Lord’s Cupboard food pantry. It is there where the less fortunate, those individuals and families who have difficulty providing food for their table, receive a helping hand – fresh vegetables, fruit, canned goods, milk, bread, and many other assorted other food items. 

Volunteers tend to raised gardens – planting, weeding, and harvesting a variety of vegetables destined for The Lord’s Cupboard. They do so in the knowledge that they are helping others, providing food for those less fortunate. 

Pastor Gerald Roise, Minot, harvests heads of cabbage for The Lord's Cupboard food pantry. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

At The Lord’s Cupboard food pantry more volunteers can be found. They organize the pantry, sorting donations and fresh vegetables from the gardens to ensure efficient distribution to those seeking assistance, then oversee that distribution. 

The pantry is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Tuesday from 5:30-7 p.m. It serves about 400 families a week, a number that represents a portion of the hunger needs in this city. It's a number the food pantry volunteers know well. 

They see the mothers come to the pantry with two or three small children in tow, express their sincere gratitude for receiving a box of food items. It’s both heart-wrenching and inspiring. It reveals the heart of the volunteer and deep appreciation by those whose lives are impacted by the kindness of others. 

A mother accepts a carton of chocolate milk during distribution day at The Lord's Cupboard. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

There’s story after story to be told about the personal journey of those who benefit from The Lord’s Cupboard. Those who “get back on their feet” and no longer seek assistance from the food pantry don’t forget the volunteers providing a community service for those less fortunate. Knowing what it was like to be hungry, they often donate back to the pantry as soon as they are able. 

The pantry receives gifts from individuals and organizations who recognize the importance of the work being done at The Lord’s Cupboard, and by the loving actions of volunteers placing others above self. 

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