From the Director-October

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Again the month has gotten away from me.  We’re very busy at the pantry.  Just waiting for the food drives to start.

We are purchasing all of our meat, milk and most of our canned goods at this time.  Close to $3,000 per month gets spent on keeping the pantry stocked.  Your cash and food donations are appreciated.

We are pretty much done with the donations of fresh produce.  Thank you to all the commercial farmers and community gardeners who have kept our tables stocked this summer with fresh produce.

The holidays are right  around the corner and we are always looking for turkey donations for Thanksgiving.  We will be giving our turkeys out November 13th, 15th, and 20th.  If you wish to donate a turkey just drop it off at the pantry sometime before the 20th of November.  That is less that have to be purchased by the pantry.

As always we appreciate all of the support of the community and businesses of Muskego.  Remember us when you do your grocery shopping and drop a little something in the barrel.

Thanks

Julie

Letter from the Director-September

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Sorry so late again.  This working full time is taking it’s toll.  There is not a lot to say…Our shelves are bare.  We shop at Aldi every week and just purchase the necessities.  We currently have a girl scout troop doing a food drive for us at Piggly Wiggly and Walmart.  Please support them.  Any other food drives are appreciated.  Gardeners this summer have donated welcomed produce.  Muskego El’s garden has really helped.  We are starting the heating season when food money has to go to paying utilities.  Never too early to send out a reminder about Thanksgiving and Christmas and our need for turkeys and hams.  Anything donated takes a burden off of purchasing for our families,  Last year we gave out over 125 turkeys.  We need them at least two weeks before the holiday.  Also always keep us in mind while doing your weekly shopping and pick up a few extra items to put in the food pantry barrel.  Thanks so much for all your support in feeding the struggling families in our community.

Julie – Director

From the Director – August

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WOW…It is August 16th and this is the first chance I have had to get on our website.  Sorry.  Busy summer.  The weather has been perfect to keep the air conditioning bills low but not so good if you have a pool. Thanks to all the community farmers who have been providing us produce.  It is a great treat for our families.  We are purchasing most of our food this summer.  Looking forward to school being back in session so our food drives come back and our families don’t have to feed their kids lunch at home. 

Some exciting news!!  Buy Seasons is hiring.  We are having Hatch Staffing Services come to the food pantry on Thursday August 21, 2014, from 1pm until 4pm to accept applications, help with resumes, and interview.  Bring 2 forms of ID and a resume if you have one.

Keep the donations coming.  Remember to pick up a few extra things when you are grocery shopping and drop them in the barrels.

Have a great rest of the summer.

Julie

From the Director – July

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First thing first,  I and all the volunteers at the Muskego Food Pantry wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July.

Now let’s get down to business.  Gardens are coming in.  All this rain has helped the plants and weeds.  We should have bumper crops this summer so please keep the food pantry in mind when you harvest your produce.  We will always take your left over produce.  Just call the pantry or e-mail us if the Thursday all day drop off doesn’t work for you or your produce.  Even if you don’t want to think about it back to school is right around the corner.   The Back Pack Coalition of Waukesha County (which we are a member of) is having a “Fill the Bus” fundraiser on August 2, 2014.  We will have a Lamers Bus parked at our Muskego Walmart from 9am until 2pm.  We will be handing out shopping lists for back to school needs for kids in Muskego.  Please stop on by and while purchasing school supplies for your own kids or grandkids please pick up a little something extra for the bus.  You can also support the Muskego Food Pantry by purchasing “Cash Coupon” cards when they come to your door.  There are great deals when you use your card and the purchase price goes to the pantry.  As always please keep us in mind when you do your weekly grocery shopping.  We have barrels located at Piggly Wiggly, Pick N Save and Walmart besides all around town.  Start bringing us your produce and everyone who volunteers and uses the pantry will have a great and healthy summer.  Thanks for your continued support.

Julie

 

From the Director-June

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The busy summer has already started.  The first thing I have to do in my letter is to thank Thompson Dental in Muskego who had a “Stuff the Van” food drive for us on Saturday May 31st.  They had a fire truck, bouncy house, the fire department’s safe house and our van in their parking lot.  We received 1/2 van load full of food and $102.00 in donations.  A fun time was had by all that participated.  We also received a very generous donation from Hormel Foods.  Steve Moxley the Plant Manager from the Mexican Accent division in New Berlin with his Plant Controller Erik Johnson delivered a $10,000 check.  We will use that donation to keep our shelves stocked during the summer months.  We received over 8000 pounds of food from the postal workers “Stamp out Hunger”.  That food is already gone.  Muskego Elementary has the gardens planted ready for the harvest to come to the food pantry. We look forward to the fresh produce that is donated during the summer.  As always please keep us in mind when you do your weekly grocery shopping.  You can also support us by purchasing The Community Choice card formerly the Cash Coupon.  The proceeds keep our shelves stocked and milk and meat in our refrigerators.

Thanks for your support.

Julie

From the Director – May

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Look it is May 1st and I am writing my letter.  Still cold and rainy.  That seems to be the norm around here.  We are quietly waiting in anticipation of the Postal Worker’s “Stamp out Hunger” food drive on Saturday May, 10, 2014.  You should be receiving a reminder in the mail some time this week and then please remember to put your non-perishable foods out by your mail box on that morning.  This is the biggest food drive of the year and we really need the donations to help fill our shelves for the summer slump.  We are preparing for summer already looking towards purchasing food to keep our shelves stocked.  I noticed some students out by the raised garden beds in front of Muskego El.  Hopefully they will be planting for us again this year.  Please keep the food pantry in mind when you are planting your garden.  We really appreciate all the fresh produce from the community gardeners.  Plant a row for the Pantry!  As always we appreciate all the food in the barrels at Pick N Save, Piggly Wiggly, Walmart, and all around town.  The community keeps our doors open.

Thank you.

Julie – Director

Letter from the Director – April

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April Fools…it’s supposed to be spring.  Heating bills are still taking it’s toll and there is no end in sight.  We have a few things to be thankful for in March.  Many thanks to Al and Barb Schroeder who with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church donated over $3,400 to purchase a brand new commercial freezer.  This will hold a ton of meat and hopefully be much more energy efficient.  We were also the recipients of Scouting for Hunger.  Three different packs and troops in the Muskego area donated over 1500 non-perishable items. There was also $90 donated.  We’re still in the process or sorting and stacking.  Stamp out Hunger will be held on May 10th.  Remember to put out your groceries for your Postal Carrier.  That is the biggest food drive of the year for us.  Please help make it a success. As always please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping.  Our summer slump is right around the corner and we already have over 75 families signed up for an Easter Ham.  Til next month when hopefully it will be in the 60′s when I write my letter.  Thanks for your support.

Julie

From the Director – March

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Is this ever going to end???  High of 20 today…woo hoo!  This constant cold has taken it’s toll on the heating bills of everyone especially those who have to make a decision between paying their We Energies bill or feeding their family.  Thank you to Tess Corners Elementary who had a Hats for Hunger food drive that donated over 800 non-perishable food items to us.  Scouting for Hunger should be coming up in the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully you won’t have to put your food out in below zero temps.  Many thanks to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church who donated $1,100.00 towards the purchase of a new commercial freezer.  We are asking if anyone can help match those donations so we can purchase a new commercial freezer which is more energy efficient and will replace 3 very much older freezers that we have now.  We have been quoted $3,400.00 and are well on our way to getting donations to cover the cost.  If you wish to help you can donate on our web page and designate it for the freezer or you can mail or drop off any donation.  As always Muskego has been a very generous community always stepping up when the food pantry needs help.  Please keep us in mind when you are grocery shopping, every little bit helps.  Stay warm and see you in April where hopefully I won’t have to comment on this terrible cold.

Julie

 

 

From the Director – February

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It’s 8 degrees and it isn’t going to get any warmer today.  Where have I heard that before.  This has been a truly awful winter for everyone in Southeastern Wisconsin.  Especially for those who have to make a decision between paying their heating bill or feeding their family.  All of the generous donations of food during the holidays are gone.  We have been spending over $600 per week to purchase the grocery staples to keep our shelves sort of stocked.  This is not new to us.  This is how it goes after the holidays.  Now we just wait for “Scouting for Hunger” run by the Muskego area Boy Scouts in March and “Stamp out Hunger” run by the Post Office in May.  Like I close every letter…please remember us when you do your grocery shopping and drop some food in the barrels at Pick N Save, Piggly Wiggly, and Wal-Mart.  There is also a Souper Bowl soup drive going on at Bethel Lutheran Church on Janesville Road throughout the month of February.  The barrel is inside the front door if you would like to donate any soup for the pantry.  Thank you for your generosity.

Julie – Director

 

From the Director – January-Update

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More exciting news for the food pantry…We are not moving.  Inpro has decided to keep us in this building.  It will be nice to not have to go through all the volunteer hours of moving food, shelves, refrigerators, and freezers.  We are already back to purchasing food after all the holiday food drives so please remember to keep us in mind while you are doing your grocery shopping and keep the barrels stocked.

Thanks for your support

Julie