From the Director – November

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I guess this goes to show you how busy we are with home, work, and the food pantry.  Sorry it has taken so long to get my update in.

November already has been very busy for us.  We are picking up from Muskego Walmart and New Berlin Costco every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  We have great, committed volunteers.

The season begins with bountiful food drives and donations .  Lion’s Club and St. Leonard’s  is providing Thanksgiving dinners for approximately 50 families.  We are providing for the remaining 75 families.

We had excitement at the pantry last week when our front windows blew out.  A big thanks to Inpro who got right on the situation and got them fixed that day.  We are back to business as usual this Thursday.

Again this year St. Paul’s is purchasing Christmas presents for the children whose families use the pantry.

Please think of your neighbors who are struggling when you go to the grocery store.  Every little bit helps to make their holidays a little nicer.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with tons to be thankful for.


From the Director – October

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WOW it’s October 1st an I’m doing my letter already.  I guess summer is over; however garden produce is still coming in hot and heavy from Muskego Elementary and the other community gardens.

We are already starting to think of the cold weather and holidays.  A representative from energy assistance was assisting people today at the pantry.  They will be here quite a few more times this season.  We’ve also already confirmed the date with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for our family Christmas party. 

We are really grateful to be picking up food from the Muskego Walmart instead of Feeding America.  It really helps us out with our food purchasing budget.

Thanks to everyone who donates to us to keep our shelves stocked.  And as always keep us in mind while you are grocery shopping and drop a few items in our barrels located at Pick-n-Save, Piggly Wiggly, and Walmart.  It is also Food for Families time again so starting now until December 31 at Piggly Wiggly and Walmart and November 1 through December 31 for Pick-n-Save, look for the Hunger Task Force sleeves on our barrels.

Thanks for your generosity!


From the Director-September

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WOW that was a short summer.  Kids are back in school so lunches are provided.  Big garden harvests are coming in.  Donations are good.

Thank you Muskego Elementary for your garden that you worked so hard on and your produce donations over the summer.  We have received over 250 pounds of fresh produce from your garden.  Thanks for your hard work.  Also the community garden at the Settlement Center has been bringing produce a couple of times a week.  Thank you to all of the gardeners in the area who have been bringing an abundance to the pantry.

I guess with summer ending winter is right around the corner which means high energy bills.  We will again be having someone from Energy Assistance at the pantry to help fill out the forms.  With having to pay energy bills food budgets shrink, so again keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping and help fill the barrels at Piggly Wiggly,
Pick n Save, and Walmart.

We really appreciate everyone in the community who supports the food pantry by donating food, money, or time.  We couldn’t help so many without your help.


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.



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.


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!


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!!


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.




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.



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!