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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

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Beth Warne Quartet: 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Spring Creek Church, 22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. Preshow lunch option includes homemade buffet starting at 11:30 a.m. Concert begins at 12:30 p.m. Reservations for lunch and concert required at www.springcreekonline.com, $10 concert only, $5 ages 5-17.

Fall Fun Festival: 10 a.m. Oct. 16-18, Shady Maple Farm, N56 W27476 Lisbon Road, Sussex. Features hay rides, pumpkin fields, pumpkin decorating, build your own scarecrow, hay bale play area, 5-acre corn maze, toddler corn maze, caramel apple making, concessions. www.shadymaplefarmwi.com

“I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-17; 4 p.m. Oct. 18, Theatre on Main, W359 N5920 Brown St., Oconomowoc. $18-$22. (262) 560-0564

Hawk’s Inn Historical Museum Tours: 1 p.m. Oct. 17, Hawks Inn Visitor Center, 426 Wells St., Delafield. Tour this historical inn which is on Wisconsin Landmark on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24. Free. 

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