Delta High School together with Delta Police Department, Bank of Colorado, State Farm, Bill Heddles Recreation Center, U.S. National Guard and Delta Area Chamber of Commerce collected over 1,300 pounds of food for the Delta Food Pantry. Tayshen Automotive contributed 920 cans of vegetables, soup and meat after a two-month-long food drive. Ace Hardware delivered a dozen bins of nonperishable food this Christmas season. The Methodists, Presbyterians and Seventh-day Adventists supplemented their regular fare with extra cereal and peanut butter. Competition at the Delta County Memorial Hospital resulted in over 2,000 pounds of food for the Delta Food Pantry -- two full pickup loads! The Grand Mesa Campers and many individual citizens continue to gather food for the pantry. And most of these food drives were accompanied by cash donations as well!

DHS Student Council organized a friendly competition among all fourth hour classes. Special congratulations go out to Mrs. Houser's fourth hour class which raised over 283 pounds and collected over 394 items. An additional "percentage" winner went out to Mrs. Cronenberg's fourth hour class, with only five students! They collected 86 pounds and 207 items.

Delta Middle School, which joined the competition, successfully matched the high school. They delivered a full pickup load of nonperishable items -- 1,300 pounds of canned goods, pasta and peanut butter!

Four Girl Scout troops hosted a Saturday Food Drive during the holidays. They collected food from four locations to help those who need some extra groceries.

In 2017 the Delta Food Pantry served an average of 460 people each month. The pantry is for everyone in our community who needs an extra boost -- no income guidelines or special criteria. It is open behind St. Michael's Catholic Church Monday through Friday 10:30 to 11:30. It is operated by big hearted volunteers. Individual donations, local businesses and these community contributions are the sole support of the organization.

With ever-increasing numbers of people served, it is this generosity that keeps us helping one another. A special thanks to everyone for their kindness and spirit of community!

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