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Community donations to food pantry nearly double in 2012

It takes canada goose outlet a village to feed the hungry, and McFarland residents are doing just that. In 2012 community donations were the number one source uk canada goose of food and household items for the pantry.

According to the annual report shared at the pantry’s yearly meeting on May 20, over 113,000 pounds of food and household essentials were distributed to pantry guests. Thirty three percent of these items came from community donations, including food drives, collection boxes at local businesses and grocery bags purchased at Pick ‘n Save.

Tom canada goose outlet toronto factory Dahl, president canada goose factory outlet of the McFarland Food Pantry Board of Directors, said village support has been fabulous. Dahl said unlike many fundraisers, there are no specific people associated with food pantry fundraisers. That doesn’t stop residents from giving.

“They don’t know the faces, they don’t know the names, but there is still a lot of support from the community for people they don’t even know,” Dahl said. “It’s a fabulous place to live.”

Other sources of food included those received from the Community Action Coalition (CAC), federal food program, and pantry purchases from Second Harvest Foodbank and local grocery stores.

The pantry provides food and household items for individuals and families within the McFarland community who are in need. Pantry guests canada goose outlet online uk are able to shop every other week (26 times per year). The pantry ensures that, in addition to having a wide variety of food items canada goose outlet shop to select, cheap canada goose each household receives milk, margarine, canada goose uk outlet eggs, meat, toilet paper, and paper towels during their shopping visit. According to the report 205 different canada goose outlet online households made 2,036 visits to the McFarland Food Pantry in 2012. These households included 355 adults and 180 children. Visits to the Pantry were slightly less than in 2011 when the Pantry served 255 households and 2,069 visits.

“We don’t always think of McFarland having a lot of people who are canada goose outlet sale hungry, but there are certainly a lot of individuals as well as children that are going without food,” Dahl said. “It’s extremely important to help those people get through periods where they don’t have as much.”

In addition to the weekly distribution of food and household essentials, the McFarland Food Pantry: distributed school supplies, donated by the Lioness Club; to students; canada goose outlet canada provided school gift certificates for 97 students; provided 100 Easter/Spring baskets, 120 Thanksgiving, baskets and 125 Winter Holiday meal baskets to pantry households; and coordinated the Holiday Giving Tree, which provided 105 household gifts and 107 individual gifts for children.

The village’s commitment to the food pantry was also shown in the amount of monetary donations received last year. In 2012, more than 200 individuals, businesses, and community organizations provided about canada goose uk black friday $49,000 in financial support.

Over 50 percent of the pantry’s total financial support came from donations by individuals, groups and McFarland’s community agencies, churches, Canada Goose Jackets social groups, and businesses that organized and conducted collections for the Pantry.

In January 2012, the food pantry expanded into the full building at canada goose black friday sale 5307 Canada Goose online Hough Street. Canada Goose Online Numerous groups assisted in remodeling and updating the space, which started n rough condition. The additional space has provided more space for guests while shopping and waiting to shop. The new space also allows for more storage, canada goose coats on sale better display of the food and room for the volunteers to pack groceries.

The McFarland Food Pantry has two managers, Sue Steinmetz and Toni Hutter, as well as a board of directors who oversee the vision of the pantry. At the meeting three people were elected to the cheap canada goose board of directors. Dahl was elected to canada goose outlet jackets a second term canada goose outlet black friday as president, Holy Basford was re elected as secretary and Mike Beam was elected to his first term as board member. All the positions are canada goose outlet in usa three year terms.

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