There is great news and not-so-great news for this week's Yule Feed Families food drive.
The not-so-great news is that we got one donation. The great news is that it is a whale of a donation, the largest ever to start the annual food drive to benefit five Lake Country pantries.
Mark and Mary Sellers of Nashotah kicked off the drive with a $10,000 contribution, including $1,000 in the name of Chris Moase and Mary Wendt Moase. The Moases were recently married; Mary is a member and past president of Lake Country Rotary, which co-sponsors the Yule Feed Families food drive, along with Lake Country Reporter. "We hope this helps to get the drive off to a roaring start!" the Sellers said in their letter accompanying the check.
Since 1990, Yule Feed Families has been aiding Hartland, Pewaukee, Kettle Moraine and North Lake food pantries, more recently including the St. Vincent de Paul pantry in Hartland in the mix for food donations. For every grocery item give by the community, the Rotary and the Reporter will each donate 40 cents, and 70 cents for each dollar contributed. Both organizations cap their matching at $2,000.
Last year, more than $63,000 was raised and 205 groceries were collected. Even with a $10,000 kick start and the matches that go with it, there is a long way to go to reach that level -- to say nothing of eclipsing the $95,000 mark hit in the record year of 2011.
Fortunately, there is still time. The drive does not wrap up until 5 p.m. Dec. 21. How can you help?
Groceries and monetary donations can be taken to Waukesha State Bank at the Sentry store in Delafield, 3293 Golf Road. Checks can also be mailed to the Lake Country Publications office, 1010 Richards Road, Hartland, WI 53029. Checks can be made out to the pantry of your choice or to the tax-deductible Lake Country Foundation, which partners with Rotary. (Please do not make out checks to Yule Feed Families or the Lake Country Reporter.)