Food pantry fundraiser set for Saturday

A garage sale fundraiser for the Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry is set for Saturday.

The goal is to raise about $2,000 for food to last until October, executive director Jessica Lewis said.

The garage sale will begin at 7 a.m. at the food pantry, located at 408 Broadway in Minden. The sale will be indoors and outdoors.

“We have more clothes than you can imagine,” she said. “One whole side of the office will be clothes. We have some really nice clothes, a lot of stuff with tags still on it. The other side will be all kinds of house wares. We have an outrageous amount of sheets, blankets, kitchenware and baby stuff.”

Whatever items are leftover, Lewis says these will more than likely be donated to various charities around Minden.

The food pantry purchases their food at a discounted cost from Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana in Shreveport.

“To put it into perspective, you go to Walmart and buy a box of Cornflakes for $2 or $3,” she said. “We can buy 12 boxes for $1.50. We usually buy canned vegetables, canned fruit; it’s usually nonperishables. We haven’t had frozen food in forever.”

Other nonperishable foods include staple items like flour, sugar and cornmeal. If donations of food are being made, Lewis asks that these staple items be bought in smaller sizes to allow more room for more variety. JLFP also receives food like rice, dry beans, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter and some canned meats through donations.

Donations for the garage sale will be accepted through Friday at 7 p.m. and can include gently used clothing, house wares, kitchen items and small furniture. For more information, contact Lewis at 465-6726.

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