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

From the Director – January

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Happy New Year!! I hope everyone has a prosperous and healthy year.  The holidays at the food pantry were busy, hectic, and a whirlwind of activity.  Numerous families had a good Christmas thanks to the generosity of others.

2013 was a very busy year.  We served over 3400 families and we logged almost 6700 volunteer hours.  I’m sure a lot of our hours did not get counted.  The Food for Families food drive is complete.  We received over 4900 pounds of food dropped off at Pick N Save, Piggly Wiggly, and Wal-Mart.  That says nothing of the tons (literally) of food donated by private food drives at schools, churches, community groups and private families.  It really was overwhelming.  Check out our Thank You page for pictures of donations.

We are ready to continue on in 2014.  We will probably return to purchasing food in the next couple of weeks because all of the donations are used up.

Also new for 2014, we will be moving.  Inpro needs our space for new offices and we will be moving 3 doors down the street on Apollo to another facility owned by Inpro.  The move should take place sometime mid April.  Just like at home…a good time to get rid of the stuff that has been sitting around and you no longer need.

As always I am closing with thanks to everyone in the Muskego area who remembers us when they are grocery shopping.  We wouldn’t be able to help so many without your help.

Julie

From the Director – December

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It is now December 25th.  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas.  I did the last bit of pantry Christmas last night at 5:30.  I think I am confident in saying that we had a pretty good Christmas.  Over 120 hams were given out.  About 30 families came to the Moose Lodge for our family Christmas party.  Santa came and handed out presents for all of the kids.  We also had quite a few toys donated so every little boy and girl got a Christmas gift.  It has been a busy two months and it continues tomorrow.  For fear of offending any single person or orginazition I will not name names but we had a phenominal holiday season with personal, corporate, and church donations of money, food, clothing and toys.   As I say every time…without the support of everyone in Muskego we wouldn’t be able to help so many.

Thanks again for all your support.

Julie – Director

From the Director – November

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Boy am I a slacker.  I never got an October letter in.  Sorry.  The first couple of days of November we have hit the ground running.  October was our busiest month so far serving 366 families.  It is obvious on our end of the business that families are still struggling.  We went to Elegant Farmer and picked apples and pumpkins for our families for Halloween.  We already have 110 families signed up for Thanksgiving dinners.  The Lion’s Club has asked for 30 to 40 of those families to make Thanksgiving baskets for.  We will also start signing up for Christmas in the next week.  The next two months fly by with all of the food from the holiday food drives to be date checked, sorted and stocked.  We are in the middle of Food for Families.  That campaign goes until the first of the year.  You will see signs and barrels at the local grocery stores.  Please be generous while shopping and help make the holidays a little nicer for the families of the Muskego area.  As always many thanks to all the business, churches, community organizations, schools and private citizens who remember those in need and donate to the Muskego Food Pantry.

Julie – Director

From the Director – September

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This is kind of early for me, only the 7th of the month.  Boy, are we glad that school is back in session.  I spoke at Muskego El on Tuesday, September 3rd at their program welcoming the kids back to a new and improved school building.  Mr. Peterson put together a very nice video with the changes and featuring the school garden that the kids planted and their families watered, weeded, and harvested for the food pantry all summer long.  We received over 50 pounds of produce from their garden and more will be coming this fall.  We have also received produce from the Community Garden planted by the Historical Society at the Settlement Center and tons of produce from private gardens.  I can’t thank everybody enough for the donations.  You have no idea how great it is to be able to give fresh grown produce to our families.  With school back in session now we can expect help from the scouts and other organizations with the food drives that they hold.  We had a very lean summer again; however, we will start to have an abundance of donations again.  As always thank you for your support and keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping.

Julie

From the Director – August

August is already half over but it feels like September.  I won’t complain about the cool nights.  The electric bill is smaller when the air conditioning doesn’t have run.  Two more weeks and school is back in session.  Then we go back to having regular donations from the fund raisers at schools.  And the kids won’t be at home to eat you out of house and home.  Families at Muskego El have been bringing over fresh produce from the garden that the students planted in May.  Fresh garden grown vegetables is always appreciated so please keep us in mind when you gardeners have an overabundance.  The Girl Scouts of Sun Lakes Service Unit brought non perishable items to the bus stops for day camp.  Quite a lot of food was donated.  Please continue to keep us in mind when you do your weekly grocery shopping.  We have barrels located at Piggly Wiggly, Pick N Save, and Wal-Mart.  The generosity of the community is awesome.

Julie

From the Director – July

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Boy…I had every intention of getting this out before the 18th of the month.  July is 1/2 done before we know it.  It’s been in the 90′s but a welcomed cool down for the weekend.  When it is so hot precious food money is spent on electricity to run the fans and air conditioners.  We are in the middle of our summer slump.  Hundreds of dollars every week is spent on groceries that are not donated in the barrels.  July’s Jammin’ on Janesville was very good to us.  We had nachos by the library, watermelon donated by Pick N Save by Pick N Save and ice cream by the doors of Pick N Save.  Look for us at the same locations during August’s Jammin.  We are starting to plan our “Back to School Bonanza” for the families served by the food pantry.  It is held every year at the Moose Lodge and we provide a meal, hair cuts for the kids, school supplies, and school appropriate clothes.  Anyone wishing to donate to the cause please e-mail or just call.  As always please keep us in mind while you are grocery shopping.  BP & J is always good when the kids are home for the summer.  Thanks for your generosity.

 

Julie