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

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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

From the Director – March

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Woo Hoo…it is March!!!  Never thought it would get here and that does mean that Spring is right around the corner.  We are busy signing up families for their Easter ham.  We are at 55 already and the sheet has been out for only one week.  Anyone wishing to donate hams please call, with Easter being in March this year we will need them within the next 2 weeks.  We are also in need of a freezer.  Sometime we are able to get things from Feeding America free or at a very good price.  Some of these thinks need to be frozen and it is nice to have the extra space.  Wendy is also looking for coats for kids.  Even though we like to think the season is almost over some of our kids do not have a warm winter coat.  We are getting another 5 to 8 inches of snow tomorrow.  We are looking for someone to sponsor a “Coats for Kids” in the fall to hopefully help the young ones of Muskego who don’t have warm coats.  We are as busy as ever at the pantry.  The scouts, grade schools and high school have been very supportive with food drives.  Please keep up the good work.  Please remember us when you grocery shop. “Scouting for Hunger” is March 23rd put your non perishables out for the Boy Scouts to pick up.

Thanks for your support.

Julie

From the Director – February

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Isn’t the snow beautiful?  Enough already let’s have spring!!!   January was a busy month at the pantry.  We served 357 families and had almost 700 volunteer hours.  We had our first open house on January 22nd.  It was freezing and that was inside the pantry.  Thank you to the approximately 50 people who braved the weather to come see the pantry.  We had refreshments donated from Cousins Subs, Alpine Lanes and Walmart.  We plan on having another open house but next time in the spring or summer.  We are purchasing most of our food again.  There is a food drive going on at the High School until February 15th.  Please fill the barrels to help your neighbors.  The tables are full again at Pick N Save and Piggly Wiggly so please remember to purchase a pre-packaged bag and drop it in our barrel on your way out.  Your donations are necessary to keep the shelves at the pantry stocked.  Thank you for your generousity and keep warm!!

Julie

From the Director – January

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It’s the 2nd week of January.  The Packers are out of the playoffs, Christmas decorations are put away for another year, and all the food that was donated over the holidays is gone.

A BIG thanks to everyone who had food drives and made donations to the food pantry from Thanksgiving through the New Year.  This is our 4th New Year at the pantry so we should be used to the food going so quickly over the holidays.

We received 80 gallons of milk from the Golden Guernsey closed plant.  We are now waiting to see if we can get any cottage cheese or sour cream.  Food for Families was a success where we netted over 3500 pounds of food.  We appreciate everyone who shopped at Piggly Wiggly, Pick N Save or Walmart and dropped it in the barrel.

We are having an open house at the food pantry.  It will be on Tuesday January 22nd from 6pm until 8pm.  There will be refreshments served and tours given.  If you’ve ever wondered where your donation goes….now is the time to find out.  Everybody is welcome!

Our numbers of families served is growing so please remember us when you go grocery shopping.

Thank you for your generosity.

Julie

From the Director-December 2012

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Another Christmas is upon us.  This is the 4th Christmas for the Muskego Food Pantry.  The children’s Christmas Party for our families will be at the Moose Lodge on Saturday December 8th.  Santa will be there to give gifts to all the good little girls and boys.  We are in the process of getting ham’s for our families for their Christmas dinners.  Our volunteers have been very busy date checking, sorting and stocking all the food that has come in from all your generous donations.  When you are shopping for your family’s Christmas dinner, please remember to pick up a little extra something for the food pantry and drop it in our barrel.  Tis the season that struggling families have to use their food budget for heat bills, car repairs and Christmas presents.  I hope that you and your families have a very Blessed Christmas season.

Julie

From the Director-November 2012

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Wow it has been awhile.  Two jobs and my director position have kept me pretty busy.  The holidays are upon us.  There were Haunted Houses galore that donated their proceeds to the Muskego Food Pantry.  Many thanks to Heritage Presbyterian’s Haunted House, Honest Home Inspection’s Haunted Garage, and Quitewoods Subdivision’s Haunted House.  We received monetary donations and tons of food.  It is “Food for Families” time again.  Look for the barrels located in Piggly Wiggly, Pick N Save and Walmart.  We are feverishly putting the finish touches on our Thanksgiving dinners for our families.  The Muskego Lion’s Club has again this year adopted 25 Muskego Families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We have an additional 50 families that will have their dinners provided by the food pantry.  If you wish to donate a turkey, trimmings or help assemble the baskets just come to the pantry any Thursday morning at 9am.  With the weather getting colder please remember warm hats and mittens are needed and money spent for heating cannot purchase food.  Thank you for your generosity.

Julie

In Memory of Scott Hanks

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Scott was a well-respected volunteer at the Muskego Food Pantry.  Scott and his wife Nancy joined us in Spring of 2010 when our home was at Salentine Buick/Pontiac.  Scott was a behind the scenes kind of guy.  He did most of our repairs, built shelves, and a lot of stocking and cleaning.  He taught a lot of our young kids needing community service the fine art of breaking down boxes.  Scott always had a positive attitude and a smile for everyone.  His generousity and commitment to his community will be missed.

Julie Frahmann

Director