Letter from the Director-January 2020

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Good morning this lovely January 2, 2020. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be on top of things in 2020. We’re starting off with a bang. We are taking in donations this morning from Breadsmith, Basse’s, Pick-n-Save, Piggly Wiggly, Kwik Trip, Starbucks, Walmart & Aldi.

The community was very good to us this Christmas season. We had huge donations from Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial and Jason Stark, his family, friends, & businesses from “Lights on Glen Cove”. We are truly blessed to have the support from our community.

We gave out over 120 hams for Christmas dinner. Approximately 90 children received Christmas presents donated from Anytime Fitness and residents from Tudor Oaks.

We served 2395 families in 2019. That was a 7.8% increase from last year.

We continue to thank the businesses, churches, and residents of the community who help so much that we wouldn’t be able to help the families that we do.

I hope everyone has a prosperous and blessed New Year.
Julie-Director

Letter from the Director-December

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Sorry this is so late but we have been extremely busy at the food pantry. We have just finished giving out over 120 hams for the Christmas season. We also had our family Christmas party at Tudor Oaks. A big thank you to Anytime Fitness who’s clients provided many of the Christmas gifts for the kids. Also besides hosting, Tudor Oaks residents purchased gifts also. Many thanks to the community who donated cash, Christmas gifts, hams, and held food drives to keep our shelves packed during this busy holiday season. We’ve had girl scouts, Muskego High School student council, and other school and church groups who have donated money, food, hats & mittens, and socks. A special thank you to Jason Stark, his family, his neighbors and the community who have donated during “Lights on Glencove.” You all have made it a wonderful Christmas for our families. I am thankful for all of the volunteers who make us run smoothly even when we are crazy busy.

Please keep us in mind when you do your shopping in the New Year. It won’t take long for our shelves to be bare again.

Thanks for your continued generosity!
Julie

Letter from the Director-November

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I guess I thought I was really late for November and then saw that I didn’t even do an update for October. We are smack dab in middle of our Thanksgiving planning. Our guys just picked up 50 turkeys that we purchased from Wal-mart. We’ll pick up another 50 next week. The planning for our kids Christmas party are well underway. This year it will be held at Tudor Oaks. We thank them for the use of their facilities. We’re finally in the giving season! We did so much shopping this summer to keep our shelves stocked it will be good to have all of the holiday food drives. We had numerous citizens and groups with Halloween food drives. Thanks for your hard work and generosity. Tis the season of high heating bills. The heating season started early this year.
When you do your grocery shopping please remember those who could use a little help. Without the support of the community we wouldn’t be able to help so many.

Thanks for your generosity!
Julie

Letter from the Director-September

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Well we made it through another summer with kids off of school, family feeding needs greater, and donations down. Looking forward to school being in session so the food drives can get going again. Our August families served numbers have increased by 90 since July. We provided over 100 backpacks to our families kids. We appreciate all of the local gardeners providing fresh produce to our families. Mill Valley’s garden has produced tons of fresh vegetables. Thanks to all of the families who have watered, weeded, and harvested.
As always please keep us in mind when you do your grocery shopping. We have barrels located at Pick-N-Save, Piggly Wiggly and all over town.
We wouldn’t be able to help so many without the generosity of the community.
Thanks for your continued support.

Julie

Letter from the Director-August

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Be careful what you wish for. Cold and crummy spring makes way to a hot and humid summer.
Our back to school procedures are in full swing. We’ll be handing out back packs to our students from the Backpack Coalition. A big thank you to all of the volunteers and Muskego residents who purchased school supplies at our Walmart to help “Fill the Bus.” I think we were one of the top donators in the Waukesha County area.

Please keep us in mind when you are harvesting from your gardens. Our families love fresh produce and many live in apartments where they don’t have the luxury of having their own plots to grow their own.

When you are grocery shopping please remember to shop for the food pantry. We are very low on cereal. For the first time I can remember we have had to purchase cereal to keep our shelves stocked.

Thanks to everyone for your generosity in helping your local pantry be able to help so many families who just need a little help.

Julie

Letter from the Director-July

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Boy I have really been remiss in my duties. We just opened for the afternoon rush and are very busy. We expect to be swamped today because we were closed last Thursday so our volunteers could celebrate Independence Day.
I have a big shout out and thank you to our large corporate donors: Walmart, Costco, and Aldi who we pick up from every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If we had to purchase everything we get donated from you we would be in a world of hurt.
Summer is finally here. Please remember when you are grocery shopping the kids that are home during the summer having to eat at home. We are in dire need of breakfast cereal. Mac & cheese and peanut butter and jelly are always welcome during the summer.
When your gardens start producing please remember us for any extra produce you have. Our families love the fresh vegetables.
Again, thanks to everyone in the community that donate and volunteer which makes running our food pantry pretty easy.

Julie

Letter from the Director-April

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Good morning. It is 8:30 and I am enjoying the calm before the storm. This is the last day before Easter and we are giving out hams and Easter baskets to our families and their children. A big thank you to Bethel Lutheran church who assembled and donated approximately 70 filled Easter baskets for our families.

We celebrated our 10th anniversary last week. From our humble beginnings at Salentine Buick & Pontiac’s employee lunch room, to the corner of Mercury & Apollo, to our latest location. We have truly been blessed by the generosity of the business, churches, and the community. We wouldn’t have made it 10 years with all of our volunteers dedication. It seems like I started this little project just yesterday. Boy how time flies.

Our biggest food drive of the year is the Postal Worker’s “Stamp out Hunger.” It takes place on Saturday May 11, 2019. Leave your non-perishable food at your mail box and your postal worker will pick it up and deliver it to the food pantry.

As always a big thank you to everyone in the community for your generosity in keeping our doors open.

Julie

Letter from the Director-March

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Sorry I’m so remiss in my duties but a hip replacement later, I am back.

We are very busy at the pantry getting ready for the Easter season.  We will be ordering hams and have arranged again for Bethel Lutheran Church to fill Easter baskets for us.

We have our first Backpack Coalition meeting in the next two weeks gearing up for back to school.

Our numbers are climbing so any help we can get from donations is appreciated.  Scouting for Food was last Saturday and we received over 2000 items from all of the Boy Scouts in the area.  We appreciate all of their hard work.

Please keep us in mind while you do your grocery shopping.  Drop a few things in the barrel at your local grocery store.

 

Thanks for your support.

Julie

Letter from the Director-December

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It’s 10:00 on Saturday morning and the Muskego High School Student Council is in the process of delivering and stocking our shelves with their annual food drive.  Fox River church is here cleaning our facility for their “Second Saturday” project.  It is great having a clean building.  Wendy has just loaded up the van to go over to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where we have our annual family Christmas party.  The kids get gifts  handed out by Santa and Mrs. Claus.  A pizza lunch is provided after.  Our first load of 50 hams will be delivered next Thursday and the same amount the following Thursday.  Suffice it to say this is our busiest time of year.  We really appreciate all of the generous people in the community.  St. Paul’s for hosting the party and purchasing many of the kids gifts.  The children’s gifts were also donated by Tudor Oaks and Anytime Fitness.  Thanks for your generosity.  Food comes pouring in on a daily basis from all of the local food drives.  We received a ton of food from the opening night of “Lights on Glen Cove.”  We are truly blessed by all of the support of community.  We wouldn’t be able to make it work without you.

Have a Blessed Christmas.

Julie-Director

Letter from the Director-November

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Good morning all,  holiday plans are well underway.  We gave out 50 turkeys last Thursday and are expecting to give out another 50 today. Muskego Lions Club is providing Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner to 13 of our families.  Our Christmas plans with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Tudor Oaks, and Anytime Fitness are almost complete.

We are entering the busiest time of the year for the food pantry.

I have a lot of thanks to give out for everyone who donated their time, money, and good to the pantry to keep us up and running.   First to all of our volunteers who give tirelessly of their time, to InPro for the donation of their building and services, the many businesses who donate monetarily and with food drives, area churches, schools and the community who donate fresh produce in the summer, turkeys at Thanksgiving, hams at Easter and Christmas, kids who ask for food donations rather than birthday presents and many more.

We are truly blessed for all of the support of the area.  During this Thanksgiving I give thanks to all of you who make my job easier.

Julie-Director