Local restaurant's staff honors Becker County Food Pantry volunteers

National Volunteer Week was April 18-24, and the crew at Detroit Lakes' Roasted Pub & Eatery decided to honor the volunteers at the Becker County Food Pantry by presenting them with a stack of their own fire-roasted pizzas.

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Becker County Food Pantry volunteers recently enjoyed a tasty lunch of fire-roasted pizza courtesy of Detroit Lakes' own Roasted Pub & Eatery, in honor of National Volunteer Week (April 18-24).

The crew at Detroit Lakes' Roasted Pub and Eatery decided to celebrate National Volunteer Week by baking up some of their famous fire roasted pizzas to donate to dedicated Becker County Food Pantry volunteers on Thursday, April 22.

Roasted manager James Boogaard was enthusiastic for the opportunity to give back, and restaurant owners Christy Thorns and Gayle Jaeger did not hesitate to step in with their support of the Food Pantry.

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Roasted Pub & Eatery staff members (from left) Bri, James, Dani, Anthony, Nate and Karlynn baoked and delivered two stacks of fire-roasted pizzas to Becker County Food Pantry volunteers on Thursday, April 22. (Submitted photo)

Chef Anthony Grady and Karlynn O'Neil put together some of their most popular pies for a lunch that served 15 very grateful volunteers.


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Roasted's Karlynn O'Neil takes a freshly fire-rioasted pizza out of the restaurant's oven. (Submitted photo)

The Becker County Food Pantry is run by volunteers, and it takes an average of 150 volunteer hours a week to take care of all aspects of the Pantry’s operations. Food is distributed from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but volunteers work every day, driving the Pantry’s truck to local stores and restaurants to pick up excess food, sorting donations, completing paperwork and reports, and keeping the Pantry clean and organized.

Executive Director Brad Carlson has 12 years of experience volunteering at the Pantry, the past four years as its leader. A core set of volunteers lead operations, and many of them work every week year-round. They include Carol Shipley, Tom Holweger, and MJ Meyer (one year of service); Elaine and Tom Mack (four years); Damien Zurn (six years); Tom Flynn (eight years); Dennis Redig (nine years); Joanne Stenseth (13 years); and Charlie Berenz (16 years). Betty Wolff is the Pantry’s longest-serving volunteer, with 30 years of dedicated service. These core volunteers are joined by volunteers from local churches, service organizations, and businesses that assist with large deliveries and/or serve as additional volunteers during distribution days during their designated month.

New volunteers are always welcome, and should call the pantry at 218-846-0142 or email for details.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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