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How you can help feed local hungry

Nov. 21, 2012

How many of us have ever had to make a decision on whether to pay the rent or buy food?

On this Thanksgiving holiday, many of us will feast until we're full and spend a few moments counting our blessings.

But for a growing number of Lake Country residents, there will be hard choices to make this holiday season.

Yule Feed Families food drive, which relies on the generosity of the Lake Country community, is kicking off its 22nd season of helping provide for the families served by four local food pantries.

Since its inception in 1991, the drive has raised $421,112 and 42,760 groceries for the Hartland, Pewaukee, Kettle Moraine and North Lake food pantries. Last year, $95,510 was raised, shattering the previous record for donations to the drive co-sponsored by Lake Country Rotary and Lake Country Reporter.

But every year, the total starts at zero. Every year there are new mouths to feed, and food pantries are seeing unprecedented need. It's going to take a lot of giving to surpass last year's mark.

From now until 5 p.m. Dec. 20, Yule Feed Families will accept donations for the pantry to help. For every donation made, Rotary and the Reporter will each match 70 cents on the dollar or 40 cents for each grocery item. Each organization caps that giving at $2,000 in total.

To help, bring groceries or donations to the Reporter office, 810 Cardinal Lane, Suite 210, Hartland, WI, 53029. Checks should be made out to Lake Country Foundation, a tax-exempt partner of Lake Country Rotary, or the food pantry of your choice. (Please do not make out checks to Yule Feed Families or the Lake Country Reporter.)

Each week here we will keep you up-to-date on how the drive is going.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display: Nov. 27-30, Dec. 5-31. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Wisconsin’s largest drive-through holiday lights event features more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods, Includes animated figures and holiday scenes. Call (262) 970-5398 for details. $15-$25. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van. www.thecountrychristmas.com

 World’s Greatest Cookie Sale: Noon-4 p.m.  Nov. 28, Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Sale features homemade holiday cookies and baked goods in many varieties. Entertainment includes magic shows, cookie and cupcake decorating, face painting, holiday coloring contest and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Sale ends at 4 p.m. For more information on the World’s Greatest Cookie Sale, call Country Springs, (262) 547-0201 or visit thecountrychristmas.com/cookiesale. Free.

 German Christmas Market: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 28, 29 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30, Downtown Oconomowoc, 100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Celebrate Wisconsin’s heritage at this family festival that features heated tents, German beer, music, live bands, authentic German food, vendors, Santa and more. Free http://www.germanchristmasmarket.org. 

 Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 30, Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center, County Road K, Oconomowoc. Features local seasonally grown produce and artisan food products.  www.oconomowoc.org.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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