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

From the Director – June

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June…the official start of summer.  It has been 59 and cloudy for 3 days in a row.  I’m sure one of these days it will feel like summer.  Our community has been busy helping the food pantry.  We are just about finished with date checking, sorting and stocking over 8000 pounds of food donated by the Postal Carrier’s “Stamp out Hunger”.  To say it was a huge success is putting it mildly.  Hopefully that food will keep our shelves stocked a couple of weeks into the kid’s summer vacation.  We are starting a collection for winter coats.  There will be a barrel located at Laurie’s Lakeside Cleaners.  A second barrel will be at either Pick N Save or the library with our volunteers for Jammin’ on Janesville.  Laurie will be dry cleaning all of the donated coats for free.  Thanks!!  Speaking of Jammin on Janesville, we will be located at Pick N Save, at the library with Marx Pioneer Inn and at PNC bank.  Come visit us for information, donations, and hand outs for the kids.  Please keep the food pantry in mind when you do your weekly grocery shopping.  We are entering the summer months when the kids are off of school and do not have the school lunch program to give them a balanced meal.  Peanut butter and jelly always make a good lunch.  Enjoy your summer!

Julie

From the Director – May

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I think we finally made it to Spring…trees are budding and flowers blooming.  Typical for Wisconsin 85 degrees one day and 45 degrees the next.  Our biggest food drive of the year is next Saturday, May 11th.  “Stamp out Hunger” is sponsored by the postal carriers.  All you need to do is fill a bag with your items and your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to our food pantry.  Hopefully this drive will keep our shelves stocked for a few weeks until we get in to the summer.  Summer is our busiest time with school children home without getting school hot lunches.  Please keep us in mind when you harvest your gardens and go to the grocery store.  Two weeks ago Bay Lane Middle School “Stuffed the Bus” for our pantry.  They filled 1/2 of a school bus.  The food is already gone.  Muskego Elementary has 12 garden plots in the front of the school that will be planted by the students, tended and harvested by their families.  The produce will be donated to our food pantry.  I’m sure this will be an extremely successful project for all. Until next month.ulie

Julie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Director – April

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Wow…Spring’s right around the corner.  I think I have been saying that for about 2 months now.  Rainy and 40 for 3 weeks.  The lack of spring only dampens our spirit.  People still need to eat.  We are still servings 60 to 70 families per week.  Let’s pray for good weather on Saturday April 20th because Bay Lane Middle School is “Stuffing the Bus”.  Last year it rained all day.  Please help the kids and support the pantry by taking your non perishable items to Pick N Save and help them set a record.  Saturday May 11th is “Stamp out Hunger” sponsored by the United States Post Office.  You can put your non-perishables out by your mail box and your postal worker will pick up your donation.  It can’t get any easier than that.

We are looking to purchase a commercial refrigerator.  St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will match donations up to $1300 to purchase the new fridge.  So send checks, call or use Pay Pal and our website to make your donation.

All of your support is appreciated.

Julie – Director