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Can we meet the giving goal?

Dec. 19, 2012

The community giving has been going strong for the 2012 Yule Feed Families food drive, but it needs a little more oomph to pass last year's total of about $5,000 donated to benefit the Oconomowoc Area Food Pantry.

We are grateful for all who have donated food and money for the pantry during the drive. Last week we saw donations of $100 from Frank and Mary Ann Brazelton, $250 from Jerry and Marsha Counsell, $75 from Christopher Nelson, $200 from Glorioso's Tax and $1,000 from Jeff Christiansen. We also received several anonymous donations totaling $893 and 49 food items.

Through the Yule Feed Families food drive, the Oconomowoc Focus matches 70 cents per dollar donated and 40 cents per food item, up to a $500 cap. With the match, the giving so far has put us at $4,093 and 154 food items to benefit the pantry, but we're positive there's still some that can give to help us pass last year's giving.

Food pantry organizers have said the pantry served its highest number of families in November at 375. The pantry has continued to see record numbers of those in need over the past few years, and it's showing no sign of slowing. The donations received through the Yule Feed help the pantry continue operations during slower times. It uses the money to purchase milk, meat and other items for clients.

Here's the final call for help. The Yule Feed Families food drive ends at 5 p.m. today. Send donations to our office at 810 Cardinal Lane, Suite 201, Hartland, WI 53029, or drop them off during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or you can stop by our second donation location, Waukesha State Bank, 1227 Corporate Center Drive, Oconomowoc, during normal business hours. Tellers are ready to help you give a donation, or there is a large barrel in the bank lobby for food.

It's important to note that checks should be made out to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry, not Yule Feed Families.

Food items the pantry always needs that it packs into the grocery bags clients receive each month include macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables, soup, a main meal with a meat product, tuna fish, a can of frozen orange juice, toilet paper and a choice of dry cereal or pancake mix - items that could be well-stocked in your pantry but are basics that many others cannot afford.

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