Letter from the Director-April

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Happy April Fool’s Day.  I think this is a first for me to have my page done on the 1st!  Nice and quite this morning at the pantry at this time of day.  We’ll be opening shortly and a very busy 2 hours follows. 

We are still using the canned good that the Boy Scouts donated 2 weeks ago at “Scouting for Food.”  We appreciate all the hard work that the boys put in and the commitment of our community.

Easter is right around the corner and we are getting ready to provide hams to our families.  Easter Baskets made by Bethel Lutheran Church and Jessica at Thirty-One Gifts will be provided to our kids 10 and under.

We’ve had some nice food drives from the scouts, Nabco, St. Joseph’s Catholic school in Big Bend, Tori at Muskego High.  Thanks for supporting us.

As always many thanks to the schools, churches, businesses, and people of Muskego for supporting your local food pantry.  We would not be able to keep our doors open without your help and commitment.

Please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping and drop something extra in the barrels at Piggly Wiggly, Pick n Save and Walmart.

Julie

Letter from the Director – March

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March certainly came in like a lion.  We are busy at the pantry getting ready for “Scouting for Food” which takes place Saturday,
March 18th.  Put a bag of non-perishable items out for the scouts in your area to pick up.  This is the second biggest food drive of the year.  It keeps our shelves stocked until “Stamp out Hunger” in May.  Cousin’s Subs is also having a fundraiser for the food pantry.  In the month of March if  you bring in 3 non-perishable items you can purchase a sub and get a 2nd for half price.  It is a great way to support the food pantry.

Muskego Corvette Club made a very nice donation to the pantry.  As always many thanks to the community, churches, and businesses who support our efforts.  Please remember to purchase a little something extra and drop it in the barrels when you do your grocery shopping.

Thanks for your support.

Julie

 

 

 

Letter from the Director – February

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The day dawns very cold and crisp.  It is the first Saturday of February and we are very busy at the pantry.

Our numbers are rising on a Saturday because we now close at 5:00 pm on Thursdays.  We made the change just last Thursday but have been thinking about it for awhile.  Our eight to ten volunteers sat here between 5 and 6 sometimes helping no one between those hours, so we decided to close at five.  We’ll see how it goes for the next couple of months.

These are the dark days of winter.  Donations are down because everyone gave over the holidays. 

Please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping and help fill the barrels at Pick-n-Save, Piggly Wiggly, and Walmart.  Have friends bring non-perishable items to your Super Bowl party.

Our big needs are cereal, pasta sauce, and canned meats.

As always thanks for the generosity of the area businesses, churches, and neighbors.  We wouldn’t be able to stay open without you.

Julie – Director

Letter from the Director-January, 2017

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Happy New Year!  I can’t believe it is 2017.  Another holiday season in the books.  We provided a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas for over 125 families in Muskego and the outlying areas.  Many thanks to everyone who helped make this a good Christmas for all of our families from St. Paul’s, St. Leonard’s, and the Lion’s Club.  All of your generosity is appreciated.

We thank everyone who donated to Food for Families during the season.  Over 5300 pounds were donated at both Piggly Wiggly and Pick n Save.  Thank you to everyone who had their holiday food drives.  You have kept our shelves full during our busy holiday season.  The Muskego High School Student Council again donated over 10 grocery carts full of food.

We are now getting in to our lean times.  Holiday’s are over and we are not thought of as much.  Please remember to purchase a little more when you do your grocery shopping and drop it in the barrel at your store.  Think of doing a food drive for your Packer/Super Bowl Party.  Bethel Lutheran Church is again having a “Souper Bowl” food drive with donations of cans of soup.

Thanks again, Muskego for your generosity.

Julie

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Letter from the Director – November

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Thought I would never get this up and running.  Busy, busy times at the food pantry.  Thanksgiving is in full swing with over 130 families signed up for Thanksgiving dinner.  Twenty five of those families will be provided for by Lions Club, 10 provided by Discovery Days day care, and another 10 provided by St. Leonard’s Catholic Church.  The remaining are receiving from the pantry with turkeys purchased from Feeding America and Walmart.  We just had tons of fresh acorn and spaghetti squash donated from Lange Farms.

We have already started signing up kids for presents for our kids and family Christmas party held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  In addition to holding the party there, their congregation purchases gifts for these kids.

Keep us in mind when grocery shopping or when one of your small groups wants to do something nice for others at the holidays.

Again we wouldn’t be able to help so many without the support of our neighbors, churches, and community partners.  Muskego truly is very generous.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie-Director

Letter from the Director-October

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Sorry so late in getting this in.  We’ve been very busy at the pantry with school back in session instead of our numbers going down they are slowly creeping up.

A big thank you to all of the the gardeners who all summer kept the pantry in fresh produce.  A special thank you to all of the students and their families at Muskego Elementary who kept the produce from their gardens coming all summer.

We are already starting to gear up for the busy holiday season.  Our shelves are pretty sad looking.  The number of families that we help has been increasing.

As always please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping and get a little extra for the food pantry.

Our community is a loving and caring community who will always step up to help those who are not as fortunate as ourselves.

Thanks for your support.

Julie

Letter from the Director-September

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 Lookee it is September 1st and I’m getting my article done.  It has been a very busy summer with students off of school and working at the pantry and our volunteers taking summer vacations.

School is back in session starting today so please drive safely and watch out for school buses.  St. Paul’s Lutheran was very generous again this year with supplying filled back packs for those kids who did not fit the Waukesha County Backpack Coalition guidelines.

Piggly Wiggly’s Pizza Burger fundraiser was a great success and $1,800 was donated.  Thanks

Thanks to all the summer gardeners.  Muskego El was close to 300 pounds if they didn’t exceed that with today’s donation.  The Historical Society has come a few times a week with their fresh produce.  Basse’s has donated corn and the list is endless from private gardens who share with us.  Our families have eaten well and healthy this summer. 

With that being said I have a long list of bare spaces on our shelves so please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping.  We are always in need of spaghetti, canned fruit, canned meats, and pasta & rice sides.

Muskego is very generous and we appreciate all you do for us.

Til next month.

Julie

Letter from the Director-August

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Wow, August has crept up on me.  Blink and before you know it, it is almost mid-August.  Hot, Hot, Hot, is all I got to say.  October has never looked so good, but be careful for what you wish for.

School is almost back in session.  Please keep us in mind when you shop for back to school items and things for school lunches.

We always appreciate the fresh produce from the commercial farmers like Basse’s, the community gardens like Muskego Elementary’s and the Historical Society, and all the private gardeners who bring in their abundance of fresh produce for our families.

Look for us in the Community Festival Parade on Sunday August 28th.

As always don’t forget to help fill the barrel when you are grocery shopping.  Every little bit helps.  We are very low (shelves empty) on pasta & rice side dishes, canned chicken and other canned meats.

Muskego is a very generous community and we wouldn’t be able to keep the pantry open without the help of people like you.  Thank you.

Julie-Director

 

Letter from the Director – July

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I hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day.  

Are we in the dog days of summer yet?  It’s pretty warm out there with high dew points.  The air conditioning at the pantry broke and it was well into the 80’s today.  Fixed now so we are all enjoying 75 degree temps.

Fundraisers coming up are Pizza Burger fundraiser at Piggly Wiggle on Friday, July 29th 11-5 and Saturday, July 30th, 11-5.  Muskego’s famous pizza burgers is providing the meat, Pig is supplying everything else, and we are supplying the volunteers.  Come on out, support the food pantry, and enjoy some really great food.  We also have Jammin’ on Janesville the 1st Friday in August.  We will again be in Pick n Save’s parking lot with food, games, and hopefully ice cream.  Jammin’ is always a good time.

 

Produce is starting to trickle in from Muskego El’s garden.  All of you gardeners and farmers remember us when you have an abundance.  Our families love it.

As always please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping and buy a little extra to put in our barrels.

Thanks for all of your generosity!

Julie

Letter from the Director – June

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Sorry I’m so late but web site issues and I’m kinda computer challenged.

We’re up and running now!   Busy month of May is behind us with the Postal Workers Food Drive.  Over 8000 pounds of food were donated.  Thank you postal workers, volunteers at the pantry and Muskego citizens for making this year a very successful food drive.

School is out so please keep the kids in mind why buying your groceries to put in the barrels.  Mac & cheese, cans of soup, PB & J are great easy lunches.

Please donate your fresh harvested produce to the pantry.  Our families love to get garden fresh vegetables.

Thank you for all of your generosity and keep the barrels full during the summer.

Julie – Director