Join Us Sept. 26 for a Good Time and a Good Cause

Enchanted Acres to Host Food Pantry Fundraiser

Join us for inflatables, face painting and homemade pie on Sunday, September 26, at Enchanted Acres pumpkin patch, 1071 250th St., Sheffield. Money from gate admission collected that day will be donated entirely to the West Fork Food Pantry. Proceeds from a pie baking contest and pie sales also will benefit the local food pantry. In addition, Anthony Martin of Logs4Heroes in Meservey will be crafting chainsaw carvings on site. One unique carving will be auctioned at 3 p.m. by Cory Behr of Behr Auction Service of Rockwell to benefit the West Fork Food Pantry.

“Each year our pumpkin patch hosts a fundraiser for a local non-profit organization,” says Shannon Latham, who has owned and operated Enchanted Acres since 2012. “When I heard the West Fork Food Pantry had a capital campaign underway, I thought this would be a great way for many people in our area to contribute to the cause.”

“Community support for the West Fork Food Pantry has been amazing,” says Pastor G. Kim Wills, chair of the West Fork Food Pantry Board. The original partnering churches include Zion St. John Lutheran, West Fork Methodist, First United Methodist of Sheffield, St. Paul Lutheran of Thornton, and St. Peter Lutheran of Rockwell. Regular donations come from First Grace Baptist in Sheffield, United Methodist of Thornton, Sacred Heart Catholic in Rockwell, Open Bible Church of Clear Lake, and Zion Reformed of Sheffield. 

These communities are amazing and together we will work to make sure no one goes hungry!” says Pastor Wills. “Local residents and regular food pantry volunteers are certainly living our mission of ‘working in unity to serve our communities’.”

“Thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraising goal to date,” adds Pastor Wills. “We are continuing our fundraising efforts, so we can work to achieve our goal of more service hours. We need to make a few more improvements to our building, including cement for better access to unload trucks. We also need to remodel bathrooms and replace doors for wheelchair accessibility.”

Every contribution – even a quarter – makes a difference. As a partnering agency of Food Bank of Iowa, the West Fork Food Pantry purchases food at an amazingly low cost.

“A quarter can help us purchase one pound of food, which is nearly one meal. One $5 gate admission to Enchanted Acres on September 26 will provide enough food for 17 meals!” says Diane Wills, site coordinator for the West Fork Food Pantry. “The need for people to access quality food throughout the pandemic has doubled! We currently provide meals for 60 to 80 families, or around 250 people, per month.”

Rain or shine, there will be activities to enjoy at Enchanted Acres in support of the West Fork Food Pantry. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 26!