It may seem a little unusual, but after more than 40 years in service, the water well that supplies Share the Harvest Food Pantry has collapsed, leaving this major local nonprofit in dire need of funds.

It may seem a little unusual, but after more than 40 years in service, the water well that supplies Share the Harvest Food Pantry has collapsed, leaving this major local nonprofit in dire need of funds.

According to Executive Director Shana Aubuschon, the lack of water for the continuous operation there is being fixed this week. They’ve having a new well dug after the collapse on June 29. But the pricetag will cost the pantry a significant chunk of change.

Aubuschon is reaching out to the community for help recovering funds in the wake of the operational emergency, seeking to raise $12,000. While the facility does have money in savings, they try to maintain that level in order to continue operations during traditional dips in funding — times between major fundraisers and the holidays when giving is more on people’s minds. The $12,000 should be enough to cover the major project of drilling a new well while maintaining operations and some reserves, accroding to Aubuschon.

She’s also hopeful of getting some pro bono work from what is typically a generous business community on the Westside and across Camden County.

While the pantry’s building at this site is only seven years old, the organization used an existing well that was on-site to get up and going. The old well had been in use for at least 45 years, Aubuschon said.

While the numbers of people the pantry serves typically goes in the summer time as seasonal jobs pick up, this year is bucking the trend a bit. According to Aubuschon, numbers have actually been going up lately. That makes it especially important to get the new well in place while maintaining operational funds.

In June 2018 alone, the Greenview-based food pantry served 626 households to help feed a total of 1,830 Camden County residents in need. Of that total, 317 were senior citizens. Between the pantry and the adjacent thrift store — which supports the pantry — Share the Harvest is a six day a week operation with approximately 50 volunteers. To donate, call 573-873-5855. Or, go to sharetheharvestfoodpantry.org.