Today Chris D'Amico and Traver School National Junior Honor Society students dropped off food collected during their “Happy "Can"uary Food Drive Collection” (which extended through February as well!). The students helped serve our community not only through their collection, but by loading, unloading, and carting in their over 200 pounds of canned goods. We were happy to share information about how the Pantry helps our community and how their donations positively affect those in our own neighborhoods.
The annual Abominable Snow Race was held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Lake Geneva Ziplines. Bill Wolfe and crew hosted this annual winter obstacle course for racers from all over the globe and chose (once again!) the Lake Geneva Food Pantry to be the beneficiary of their fundraising and food collection (through their racers at preregistration events and on site at the race itself). These dedicated folks gathered and donated well over 600 pounds of food and over $5,700 to the Pantry. And we were able to share some statistics on how food insecurity affects our county, how food needs are changing (and increasing), and the role of the Pantry in assisting our neighbors. What an amazing community!
This November, the Lake Geneva Jaycees once again astounded us at the Lake Geneva Food Pantry with over-the-top, complete Thanksgiving meal donations, and a generous monetary donation. This great group of people uses their gifts of event organization and creative thinking, to produce activities that raise funds to benefit those in our community. We are grateful to be the beneficiary of their good works, and are always happy to see their smiling faces toting in (and putting away!) their contributions. What’s more!? Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly matched the number of meals!
This November, St. Francis de Sales Confirmation Class students collected donations for the Lake Geneva Food Pantry at Wal-Mart and Piggly Wiggly. In only two hours, these young people were able to collect over 800 pounds of generous gifts of nonperishable food items and personal hygiene products as well. What a phenomenal contribution to our community and a tremendous example of goodwill!
On Monday, November 14, 2022 students and staff from Lake Geneva Middle School dropped off 2,500 pounds of collected donations to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry. This collection was truly a group effort: help came from staff, administration, parents from PTO, SOUL Club members, and Freedom Alliance members for the packing and transporting to the Pantry. What wonderful community support!
Girl Scout Troop 3241, along with their leaders, stopped into the Lake Geneva Food Pantry to donate well over 252 packages of Girl Scout Cookies! The young women asked thoughtful questions about the workings of the Pantry and discussed the impact of their donations on the patrons. A heartwarming group of smiling (and silly) faces toted boxes up and down the stairs to create a ripple effect of positivity for the community!
Today Lake Geneva Montessori School pupils (along with teachers!), literally created a donation parade from the school to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry, with each child toting a handful of varied contributions to the Pantry. In small groups, the children proudly carried each donation to a Pantry cart and observed the offerings provided to the clients. Each student was able to ask questions, contribute, and see the positive effects of their actions in a tangible way. What a positive reflection on our community!
Today Girl Scout Troop 7166, along with leader Nancy Lazzaroni and parent Cassie Knox, donated over 72 boxes of yummy Girl Scout Cookies to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry. (Not pictured: co-leader/cookie sales coordinator Heidi Schuessler), The Troop spent a bit of time learning how the Pantry works and the equivalent of how many meals are served monthly. (A bit of math was included when they calculated total years per year!) What a great group of girls, and truly positive, example-setting leaders.
On Wednesday, students and staff from Traver School dropped off over 1,500 items to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry. Students started to collect nonperishables as a school soup drive for National Soup Month and transformed it into a major food drive for the Pantry. Pictured are students with some of their donations.
Lake Geneva Jaycees, in collaboration with Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, donated, dropped off, carried in, AND helped put away enough turkeys, buns, pies, whipping cream, corn, beans, cranberries, and other side dishes, along with a monetary donation, to ensure that all of our patrons can enjoy a traditional holiday meal this season. The Lake Geneva Food Pantry is incredibly thankful to be the beneficiary of such gifts, which allows us to continue our mission of serving the Lake Geneva community.