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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
May is one of the busiest months at the food pantry right up there with November and December.
This Saturday, May 14th is “Stamp Out Hunger” it is the biggest food drive of the year. Please place your non-perishable foods by your mail box on Saturday morning.
May is garden planting month. We love fresh produce. Please think of us when planting your garden. Plant an extra row to donate to the food pantry. Muskego Elementary plants a garden in their front yard with all of the produce donated to us. It is great for the kids to learn lessons on planting and giving.
The new Summit credit union by the Kohl’s department store is now open. They have a 50/50 promotion going on until May 21st. Open a new checking account and $50 will get deposited in your account and $50 will be donated to the food pantry. Win/win for everybody.
As always please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping. There are donation barrels located throughout all of Muskego.
Thanks so much for all of the support from citizens, churches, and businesses in and around our community.
Look…it’s only April 2nd and I’m doing my letter. There is 3 inches of snow that has fallen this morning so it is hard to see spring around the corner.
Area Boy Scouts “Scouting for Food” was a great success. Over 4,000 items were picked up from the Muskego area. It has all been date checked, sorted and stocked. We are now waiting for “Stamp out Hunger” which is the postal workers food drive the 2nd Saturday of May.
The We energies moratorium is up on April 18th. On that date your electricity can be turned off due to unpaid energy bills. Quite a number of our families will need their food money to get current on their energy bills.
Bethel Lutheran Church put together 77 Easter baskets for the kids at the pantry. St. Leonard’s Catholic Church provided Easter dinners to over 25 families. We provided Easter Hams to over 80 families.
We’ve done numerous Girl Scout tours. They have their own mini food drive and date check, sort, and stock the food that they bring in. I always close my tours with reminding the girls when they grocery shop with their parents to pick up a little extra to put in our barrels.
Muskego is a very generous community and we wouldn’t be able to help so many without you remembering us when you go shopping.