Letter from the Director-August

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Even though it is 85 degrees outside…summer is on the down slide.  There are Girl Scouts from Sun Lakes Service Unit at the Muskego Walmart as I write, handing out flyers asking for donations of school supplies to the Backpack Coalition.  The same scouts also donated non-perishable food items during their day camp week.  They collected approximately 14 big boxes and 13 bags of food.

We are getting produce from the Muskego Elementary garden.  To date 116 pounds worth.  The Historical Society community garden donates to us too.

Don’t forget to stop by at Jammin’ on Janesville by Pick n Save and grab a brat or hot dog for a donation.  We will also have a float in the parade.

Home gardeners please stop by and drop off your extra produce.  Our families love it.

Please remember us while grocery shopping and drop in the barrels located at Piggly Wiggly, Pick n Save and Walmart.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and thanks for all of your support.

 

Julie

Letter from the Director-July

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Wow the year is 1/2 over.  It was barely 50 degrees this morning when I woke up.  As much as we’d like it to be a little warmer it is really good for the air conditioning bills.

We have already received produce donations from the students at Muskego El when they harvest their garden.  We are looking forward to more donations from community gardens, farmers and home gardens.  Your fresh produce is greatly appreciated. 

With school not in session please remember the kids when you go grocery shopping.  Mac & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, and other things for easy summer lunch items are needed.

We will be closed on Saturday July 4th so our volunteers can spend the holiday with their families. 

Please remember us when you do your weekly shopping and drop a few extra things in our barrels at Pick n Save, Piggly Wiggly and Walmart.

Thanks for your support and have a fun and safe Independence Day.

Julie

From the Director-June

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I know it’s a little late but I have so much good news I had to wait to compile it all.

Welcome June!!  School is almost out, please shop with kids in mind.  We can’t get enough peanut butter & jelly and mac & cheese.

Stamp out Hunger was in May.  A banner year for donations.  A little over 9500 pounds were donated.  Thank you city of Muskego and the postal employees for all your support.

The first Jammin’ on Janesville is history .  We made over $1,100 in donations from Yesteryears Old Fashioned ice cream (thanks Bob) and brats, polish, hotdogs, cookies & beverages.  Thanks Pick n Save for the location, your grilling expertise (Rich-store manager) and your donations.  It was a big success.

Please keep us in mind when you are harvesting your gardens.  We love your fresh fruits and vegetables.

Remember…school’s out (not the Alice Cooper song)  We need to feed the students who don’t get school lunches.  Soups, PB & J, mac & cheese and other easy lunch stuff is very much appreciated.

Thanks for all you do to help us and have a safe summer!

Julie

From the Director – May

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Boy…thought Spring would never get here.  Our biggest food drive of the year is next Saturday, May 9th.  “Stamp Out Hunger”  will hopefully stock our shelves for a month or so.  We will be busy at the pantry that Saturday from noon until 5pm.  Anyone wishing to help, give the pantry a call at 679-6448 and we’ll pencil you in a time slot.  Don’t forget to fill your bags and put it out for the postal workers in Muskego.

With school winding down we are hopefully going to get a couple more food drives from Muskego area schools.

Summer is the busiest time for feeding families at the pantry.  With school out, nutritious lunches are not the norm.  If any group (church, work, bunko, whatever) wants to have a summer peanut butter & jelly, mac & cheese, or soup drive to make easy lunches for kids at home we would really appreciate the help.

Garden planting time is right around the corner so please keep us in mind when planting and plant a row for the pantry.  There is nothing nicer than being able to give fresh home grown produce to some of our families.  Muskego Elementary has a very nice garden plot planted specifically for the food pantry.  Other schools and community groups can do the same.

As always keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping and help fill our barrels at Piggly Wiggly, Pick n Save and Walmart.

P.S. Jammin’ on Janesville is Friday June 5th.  We will be by Pick n Save.  Come for fun and food.  Help support your local food pantry!!

Julie-Director

From the Director-April

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Easter is in full swing at the food pantry.  Thanks to Bethel Lutheran Church, we have 75 filled Easter Baskets to give to our families with small children.  We have purchased over 90 hams for Easter dinners.  Each family gets a 1/2 pound of butter with their ham. 

Big thanks to the Boy Scouts of the area who participated in “Scouting for Food.”  It was Packs 18, 118, 176 and Troop 18, and 141.  When all was said and done we received over 5000 food items and $157.00 in cash.  Thanks for keeping our shelves stocked.

Looking forward to “Stamp out Hunger” ran by the postal workers which is Saturday May 9th.

Please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping.  Pick up a few extra things to put in our barrels that are located at Pick N Save, Piggly Wiggly, and Walmart.

Thank you for being a very supportive community.

Julie

 

 

From the Director – March

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March is finally here so I hope it is all down hill from now on.  It was 1 degree this morning so…maybe not.  Hopefully 40’s are right around the corner.  It has been a busy month at the food pantry. 

Tess Corners Elementary ran “Hats for Hunger” and donated 33 boxes and 3 shopping carts of food.  They were all date checked and stocked by 2nd grade Brownie troop 9240 from Tess Corners.

Muskego Storm boys baseball solicited at Piggly Wiggly and Pick N Save and collected over 5 heaping carts of groceries for the pantry.

We are finalizing Jammin’ on Janesville and we will again be at the parking lot of Pick N Save.  We will have food, games and prizes.  Come see what we have to offer and support the pantry.

March 28th is “Scouting for Hunger”  remember to put your non perishable items out for the Muskego Area Scouts.

As always…please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping.  We have barrels located at Pick N Save, Piggly Wiggly, Wal-Mart and all around town.

Thanks

Julie

From the Director-February

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Being February 7th, does that mean that we are half way through winter?  I hope so.  A BIG thank you again to the Muskego Community for making the holidays for our families a great one. 

Muskego Elementary stuffed the bus in it’s parking lot.  They got 7 overflowing grocery carts full of food and Mr. Peterson got slimed.  It was fun for all and very helpful to the food pantry.  Hopefully other schools can get some creative ideas how to support their community.

Bethel Lutheran Church donated over 180 cans of soup from their “Souper Bowl Sunday” food drive.  Soup always goes good especially in this cold winter weather.

We are in our slow season.  Until “Scouting for Hunger” in March we purchase most of the food that we give out.  As always, please keep the food pantry in mind when you are doing your weekly shopping.  Both Piggly Wiggly and Pick N Save have food pre packaged for the pantry to make it easier for you.

Thanks for your generosity!

Julie

From the Director-January 2015

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Happy New Year to everybody.
The food pantry can finally take a breather. It has been a whirlwind of activity for the last 2 months. I don’t even know where to start with all of the Thank Yous.
1. All of the Muskego Norway schools from the 4K to the high school all had food drives and donated money to help us keep going during the holidays
2. Muskego Area churches that donated food and money for our families to have a Merrier Christmas
3. Muskego Area businesses who held food drives, donated money and also donated to the food pantry rather than having employee holiday parties
4. Muskego Area citizens who stepped up and donated food during the 2 month “Food for Families” campaign.
5. People who were very generous during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
6. Jason Stark who put up “Lights on Glen Cove.” Over 5 van loads of food were donated along with over $4000.00 in cash.
7. The people who enjoyed the light show and donated to the food pantry.
8. Jason’s neighbors who put up with all the traffic and hub bub during the holidays so that so many in the Muskego area could be helped.

I know that I have probably forgotten someone, for that I am extremely sorry.
Keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping. You can put your purchases in any barrel or we are open every Thursday from 9am until 6pm for donations and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9 until noon.

Thank you for your generosity.

Julie

From the Director-December

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Ho Ho Ho…Tis the season to be Jolly, it is also the season of Hope.  We hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Christmas.  We will be closed on both December 25th and January 1st.  We will be open the Wednesdays before on December 24th from 9 until noon and on December 31st from 9 until noon. If you have donations or need to receive food those are our holiday hours.

Now lets get down to business…Thanksgiving is a memory.  Thank you everyone who shared your generosity with us.  We packaged 83 Thanksgiving dinners including turkeys and all the trimmings.  Muskego Lions Club provided another 25 dinners for our families.  A generous Muskego resident provided wonderful baskets for an additional 5 families, Atonement Lutheran Church and St. Leonard’s Catholic Church blessed 6 other families with a dinner.  I hope I didn’t forget anyone, if I did I apologize.  Food drives have been hot and heavy with all of the Muskego Public schools having mega food drives.  Bay Lane held it’s annual turkey tails fund raiser.  They donated tons of food and close to $1000.00.  Thank you everyone this will help us get through the holidays. 

We get busier during winter months when precious food money needs to be spent on heating bills.

Please remember us when you do your grocery shopping.  Thank you Muskego and surrounding communities, businesses, and churches for your generosity.

 

Julie

From the Director-November

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Look it is only the 6th of the month and I am doing my letter.  Busy, busy day.  We are in the middle of sign up for Thanksgiving dinners.  Muskego Lion’s Club is helping us out and providing dinner for 25 Muskego families.  St. Leonard’s Church is helping out by providing dinner for a few of our families.  Generous citizens and businesses are helping too.  We already have 90 families signed up with one more week to go.  Anyone wishing to donate a turkey for Thanksgiving, just bring it in on Thursday November 13th between 9am and 6pm and we’ll give it to a grateful family. 

There are food drives and fundraisers going on all through the holidays all you have to do is look.  Food for Families starts Monday.  Look for the barrels at Piggly Wiggly, Pick n Save and Wal-Mart. 

I would like to thank Art from Central Office Systems for donating a copier to us to replace the one that died this summer and the temporary copier that had a big black line running down the middle of the page.  It keeps us from having to spend precious food money on office expenses.

Please keep us in mind this busy holiday season.  Food money also goes toward paying high heating bills.  Thank you to the Muskego Community for being so generous.

Julie