Waushara Food Pantry named Feeding America’s Member of the Year
On behalf of the Waushara County Food Pantry, Marty Lee accepted the Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin Member of the Year Award during the annual Recognition Breakfast in Milwaukee on March 1.
While accepting the award, Lee acknowledged that the pantry is strengthened by the support and generosity of this community, including: partnerships with farmers and vendors; the faith-based community and civic organizations; The Hunger Task Force & Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin; the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin; food purveyors and businesses, and the volunteers who make a profound difference in the pantry’s local work to address food insecurity.
The Member of the Year award is part of our annual Together We Can Solve Hunger awards ceremony, stated Feeding America Member Services Manager Carey Redmann.
“They are awarded each year during our annual breakfast to recognize members, volunteers, donors and community partners who are wonderful partners and advocates committed to working in collaboration to solve hunger in eastern Wisconsin,” Redmann said.
In 2016, over 1,118,543 pounds of food was sourced, moved, sorted, stocked and distributed to 8,552 different households in Waushara County by the local pantry, with a dedicated group of volunteers, approximately 38 per week, meeting 95 percent of the staffing needs.
According to Lee, it takes approximately 1,010 person hours per week to make the pantry function effectively. This past Thanksgiving, the food pantry sponsored a Buy One, Donate One Campaign to provide turkeys for the holiday meal to our families and met over 75 percent of the need during the first year.