There is no more basic human need than food.
It’s something we take for granted, but the sad truth is that thousands of our neighbors lack access to enough healthy food. The consequences of this are enormous, yet we don’t always make the connection between chronic hunger and social ills or see how food insecurity can rob children of the chance to develop to their full potential.
Throughout the month of October, journalists in our newsrooms have been writing about hunger in local communities. We consider it part of our core mission to inform the public about problems so that people can learn, understand and act on those issues. Equally important, is highlighting the efforts of dedicated volunteers, organizations and individuals to make things better and help others.
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The good news is that organizations like Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin continue to work tirelessly to meet the needs. As a food bank, they use buying power, smart logistics and a network of relationships with food pantries to make a big impact. Family-owned farms have donated surplus produce pantries and businesses of all sizes will be holding food drives as the holiday season approaches. As we’ve slowly recovered from the emergency of the pandemic, the economic hardships haven’t disappeared, though.
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The supply chain remains a challenge. High inflation and gas prices are hurting everyone, especially the volunteers who help drive the efforts of many non-profit organizations.
Despite these challenges, one thing we’ve always been able to count on is the generosity of readers and community partners, like the Greater Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions. Together, we’ve raised more than $5 million to help the hungry through Stock the Shelves since 2010. Caring individuals like Mike and Mary Salsieder stepped up again this year with a sizeable donation.
Today is the last day of the Stock the Shelves campaign, please help us finish strong. A few bucks can make all the difference for neighbors in our communities.
Want to help? Stock the Shelves donation window is open during October
Last year, thanks to the generosity of readers, more than $163,000 was raised through the Stock the Shelves campaign, a partnership between USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin newspapers and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, which provided more than 652,000 meals.
Stock the Shelves aims to help those in need in the communities served by the following Wisconsin newspapers: Appleton Post-Crescent, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Oshkosh Northwestern, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Sheboygan Press, Fond du Lac Reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wausau Daily Herald, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Marshfield News Herald, Stevens Point Journal, Door County Advocate, Oconto County Reporter and Kewaunee County Star-News. Donations will help support the community in which the donor resides.
Checks should be made payable to Feeding American Eastern Wisconsin, ATTN: Stock the Shelves, and mailed to 2911 W. Evergreen Drive, Appleton WI 54913. Enclose alongside your contribution the donor’s address with city, state and ZIP code for internal processing, a notation of whether the donation should remain anonymous, whether the donation is in the memory of someone special, and the donor’s name as it should appear in the thank-you advertisement to be published in the Thanksgiving edition of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s daily newspapers.
To donate online, visit feedingamericawi.org/stocktheshelvesdonate/