Truckfulls of pumpkins rolled down Mullan Road on Saturday morning. The vehicles, piled high with orange gourds, left a farm on West Mullan, rolled past Walmart and across Broadway Street before arriving at the Blackfoot Communications warehouse.
Over 2,000 pumpkins, a critical part of the Poverello Center's fundraiser "Pumpkins for the Pov" were harvested by around 30 volunteers. The volunteers sorted the ripe and unripe pumpkins, loaded them into trucks and then drove them to the warehouse.
The fundraiser, an annual event, provides pumpkins to several sales locations- The Good Food Store, Imagination Brewery, Rattlesnake Market, The Trough and the YMCA. Each pumpkin is $10 and proceeds for the sale will go toward meal programs at the center. They will be in store on Oct. 1.
Organizers explain to volunteers that the sale of two pumpkins covers three meals and a night stay at the center. Five pumpkins might cover an apartment application fee for someone looking to find housing. The sale of ten pumpkins can fund the Center's grocery rescue truck for an entire week.
The Poverello Center will also be providing a contactless delivery service for the pumpkins. More information on the fundraiser can be found here.