Letter from the Director-July

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Good morning. I hope this finds you and your family healthy and sheltering in place. Is it hot enough for you. Our pantry has been very busy in the last month. It is very challenging for both our clients and volunteers with no one being able to come in to our building. Our numbers have increased some due to the Coronavirus but nothing that we are not able to handle. Fresh produce is coming in from the Mill Valley Elementary garden and other home gardeners. Our purchasing power is starting to get a little back to normal. We wouldn’t have made it through those first months without the generosity of everyone in our community. We really appreciate all the generosity from the churches, businesses, and private citizens. We couldn’t have done it without you. Please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping and drop a few things in the barrels. As always thanks for your support.

Julie

Letter from the Director-June

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Now that our webpage is up and running I can keep everyone on top of the happenings at the food pantry. First a big thank you to everyone who has donated in the last 2 months. We are so proud of how many businesses, churches and citizens have stepped up to keep us running. Our numbers have increased due to the COVID; however, we are doing just fine. Our new way of doing business seems to be working well for everyone. We have a few volunteers who are staying home and the ones that are here are being very smart with their health. Hopefully fresh produce from community gardens will be coming our way shortly. Thanks again for everyone’s generosity it really helps.

Stay safe!

Julie

Letter from the Director-April

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April comes in with a lot of Coronavirus challenges for the food pantry.

We are still distributing food but in a different way. Our families have to fill in their grocery sheet outside. We then fill their order to the best of our ability and take it out to their vehicle. There is no face to face contact. It is hard to get used to but we’re doing the best we can.

We have a few volunteers who are staying home because they have family at home who are compromised and don’t want to bring anything home to their loved one.

We are not able to purchase food in bulk from the grocery stores like we used to. Our shelves are empty so every bit of donated canned good help immensely.

Easter is right around the corner. We have Easter baskets donated again by Bethel Lutheran Church. We have purchased hams from Walmart. It will be a different Easter this year.

I hope this letter finds you and your families healthy. Please continue to social distance and stay safe.

Julie-Director

Letter from the Director-March

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Hope this note finds everyone well. These are concerning times that we are living in. We are trying to figure out if the food pantry should be doing business differently with the Coronavirus concern. We are as busy as always. Our numbers of families served has pretty much stayed the same. We are getting ready to purchase hams for our families Easter dinner. I hope everyone knows how to find us. If you need help or are looking to donate food just give us a call at 262 679-6448. If we’re busy just leave a message and we’ll get back to you. As always please remember us when you do your grocery shopping and drop a little something extra in our barrel.
We wouldn’t be able to help so many without the support of our community, businesses, churches, and schools.
Thanks for your generosity.
Julie

Letter from the Director-January 2020

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Good morning this lovely January 2, 2020. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be on top of things in 2020. We’re starting off with a bang. We are taking in donations this morning from Breadsmith, Basse’s, Pick-n-Save, Piggly Wiggly, Kwik Trip, Starbucks, Walmart & Aldi.

The community was very good to us this Christmas season. We had huge donations from Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial and Jason Stark, his family, friends, & businesses from “Lights on Glen Cove”. We are truly blessed to have the support from our community.

We gave out over 120 hams for Christmas dinner. Approximately 90 children received Christmas presents donated from Anytime Fitness and residents from Tudor Oaks.

We served 2395 families in 2019. That was a 7.8% increase from last year.

We continue to thank the businesses, churches, and residents of the community who help so much that we wouldn’t be able to help the families that we do.

I hope everyone has a prosperous and blessed New Year.
Julie-Director

Letter from the Director-December

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Sorry this is so late but we have been extremely busy at the food pantry. We have just finished giving out over 120 hams for the Christmas season. We also had our family Christmas party at Tudor Oaks. A big thank you to Anytime Fitness who’s clients provided many of the Christmas gifts for the kids. Also besides hosting, Tudor Oaks residents purchased gifts also. Many thanks to the community who donated cash, Christmas gifts, hams, and held food drives to keep our shelves packed during this busy holiday season. We’ve had girl scouts, Muskego High School student council, and other school and church groups who have donated money, food, hats & mittens, and socks. A special thank you to Jason Stark, his family, his neighbors and the community who have donated during “Lights on Glencove.” You all have made it a wonderful Christmas for our families. I am thankful for all of the volunteers who make us run smoothly even when we are crazy busy.

Please keep us in mind when you do your shopping in the New Year. It won’t take long for our shelves to be bare again.

Thanks for your continued generosity!
Julie

Letter from the Director-November

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I guess I thought I was really late for November and then saw that I didn’t even do an update for October. We are smack dab in middle of our Thanksgiving planning. Our guys just picked up 50 turkeys that we purchased from Wal-mart. We’ll pick up another 50 next week. The planning for our kids Christmas party are well underway. This year it will be held at Tudor Oaks. We thank them for the use of their facilities. We’re finally in the giving season! We did so much shopping this summer to keep our shelves stocked it will be good to have all of the holiday food drives. We had numerous citizens and groups with Halloween food drives. Thanks for your hard work and generosity. Tis the season of high heating bills. The heating season started early this year.
When you do your grocery shopping please remember those who could use a little help. Without the support of the community we wouldn’t be able to help so many.

Thanks for your generosity!
Julie

Letter from the Director-September

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Well we made it through another summer with kids off of school, family feeding needs greater, and donations down. Looking forward to school being in session so the food drives can get going again. Our August families served numbers have increased by 90 since July. We provided over 100 backpacks to our families kids. We appreciate all of the local gardeners providing fresh produce to our families. Mill Valley’s garden has produced tons of fresh vegetables. Thanks to all of the families who have watered, weeded, and harvested.
As always please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping. We have barrels located at Pick-N-Save, Piggly Wiggly and all over town.
We wouldn’t be able to help so many without the generosity of the community.
Thanks for your continued support.

Julie

Letter from the Director-August

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Be careful what you wish for. Cold and crummy spring makes way to a hot and humid summer.
Our back to school procedures are in full swing. We’ll be handing out back packs to our students from the Backpack Coalition. A big thank you to all of the volunteers and Muskego residents who purchased school supplies at our Walmart to help “Fill the Bus.” I think we were one of the top donators in the Waukesha County area.

Please keep us in mind when you are harvesting from your gardens. Our families love fresh produce and many live in apartments where they don’t have the luxury of having their own plots to grow their own.

When you are grocery shopping please remember to shop for the food pantry. We are very low on cereal. For the first time I can remember we have had to purchase cereal to keep our shelves stocked.

Thanks to everyone for your generosity in helping your local pantry be able to help so many families who just need a little help.

Julie

Letter from the Director-July

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Boy I have really been remiss in my duties. We just opened for the afternoon rush and are very busy. We expect to be swamped today because we were closed last Thursday so our volunteers could celebrate Independence Day.
I have a big shout out and thank you to our large corporate donors: Walmart, Costco, and Aldi who we pick up from every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If we had to purchase everything we get donated from you we would be in a world of hurt.
Summer is finally here. Please remember when you are grocery shopping the kids that are home during the summer having to eat at home. We are in dire need of breakfast cereal. Mac & cheese and peanut butter and jelly are always welcome during the summer.
When your gardens start producing please remember us for any extra produce you have. Our families love the fresh vegetables.
Again, thanks to everyone in the community that donate and volunteer which makes running our food pantry pretty easy.

Julie