Here in Walworth County, Wisconsin, one in six families suffer from food insecurity and intermittent hunger.
The Walworth County Food Pantry feeds an average of 500 families per month, distributes over 50,000 pounds of food each month to those families in need and to other area shelters, rehabilitation centers and other food pantries out of a 6,000 square foot facility staffed by over 60 volunteers.
The Pantry provides one remedy to the growing problem of suburban and rural poverty in our county and in America. The vast majority of the people we serve are not welfare recipients. They are hard working families and retired individuals whose income is simply insufficient to meet all of their basic needs.
These people; our neighbors work in local manufacturing, agriculture and foodservice, staff area retailers and provide vital services to the community and communities like this throughout the country. They are senior citizens and veterans whose social security and pension checks are simply inadequate and children who cannot succeed in school or maintain good health due to a lack of consistently available, nutritional food.
Although overall economic statistics in our country are recently, highly favorable, the problem of local hunger continues to grow as wages in many areas of the economy, pensions and social security payments cannot keep pace with the rapidly rising cost of living.
This is the new face of hunger and poverty in America. Hunger in our neighbor’s’ home causes family distress that can lead to violence, crime and the ultimate collapse of the family unit. Hunger in our children leads to the lack of physical and mental development and adds stress to our educational system. Hunger in our seniors is heartbreaking as they are our parents or grandparents the hands that built and defended America.
Qualifying individuals and families may visit the Pantry once each month.
In addition to supplies of can goods, pasta, rice, cereal and assorted groceries, guests are provided with a variety of frozen meats and a broad assortment of breads and fresh produce. Personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies diapers. paper products and pet food is also available.
In cooperation with other volunteer organizations, we also offer emergency food delivery to the home bound and those without access to transportation.
Churches and other organizations hosting community meals may also acquire the necessary food items they need from the Pantry based on availability.
Our success is measured in the number of people we can help with the quality of programs and services we provide. These programs are fueled by our dedicated and caring volunteers and generous donors like you.