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Spring Community Food Drives

Each year, thousands of people across our nation come together for a common cause: to end hunger. The FOOD Pantry Serving Waukesha County is honored to be a recipient of the proceeds from 2 of the largest food drives in the country: The Boys Scouts’ Scouting for Food Drive in March and the Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Drive in May.

In March, hundreds of Waukesha County Scouts, their leaders, and parents placed empty bags at area homes to let residents know of the opportunity to donate food to area pantries, including ours. The next week, the same dedicated groups went to pick up the filled bags of food. The food was then brought to the closest pantry or hunger relief agency.  11 troops donated 5,448 pounds of food to The FOOD Pantry this year.

The Scouting for Food Drive comes at a point in the year when most of the food generously donated during the holiday season has been given out to our registered clients. And just when that food is almost gone, along comes Stamp Out Hunger!

On May 11, 2019 volunteers mobilize to assist the letter carriers with the pick up of donated food. Teams of volunteers are either assigned a route to pick up the food that has been left by residents’ mailboxes or sent out to meet a carrier to empty the mail vehicle.  Other volunteers work right at The FOOD Pantry to help unload incoming vehicles. This drive alone traditionally brings in more than 50,000 (25 tons!) of nonperishable foods.

If you want to make a tremendous impact in one day and have fun doing it,contact The FOOD Pantry's volunteer coordinator.

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