October 19, 2009

Matthew 25 Resource 10/19/09-Food Pantry of Waukesha County (WI)

Established in 1978 in the basement of a volunteer's home, the Food Pantry of Waukesha County currently serves approximately 5,752 people each month from all parts of the county. Approximately half of those served are children. Our most recent challenge is to generate increased resources to meet the growing and ongoing need within our community. It is difficult for many people in the Waukesha community, one of the wealthiest in the state, to understand the necessity for the Food Pantry's services. The numbers speak for themselves.

Clients visit the Food Pantry when they have an urgent situation, and we work together to find a solution. In addition to distributing food, the Food Pantry helps individuals and families determine their needs and become more self-sufficient. The Food Pantry facilitates clients’ links with local agencies for budgeting assistance, food preparation, medical issues and employment assistance. The Food Pantry taps into existing community resources that supplement limited budgets by providing school supplies and medicines (both over-the-counter and prescription).

Food is distributed based on nutritional guidelines, family size, special dietary needs and the availability of provisions. Types of food distributed include a variety of nonperishable items; perishable items, including frozen meat and fresh milk; and formula and baby food. Food sources include donated; purchased; and reclaimed food from manufacturers, purveyors, growers and caterers.

The Food Pantry offers clients more than food. Our clients routinely request personal hygiene items, including shampoo, soap, toothpaste, diapers and more, so we also welcome these donations.

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