How to help
Find the Stock the Shelves form at www.greenbaypressgazette.com/stocktheshelves.
Make your check payable to Stock the Shelves and mail it to Stock The Shelves Fund, c/o Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, 310 W. Walnut St., Suite 350, Green Bay, WI 54303.
Contributions can also be made at ggbcf.org.
Your name will be listed in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. All contributions will be distributed directly to local food pantries and meal providers.
Last week on this page, Press-Gazette Media Executive Editor Mike Knuth reached out to readers for help addressing hunger in our community.
He urged you to donate to our third annual Stock the Shelves campaign, an admittedly ambitious effort to raise $100,000 for 11 local food pantries. The effort was falling short of its goal as the Nov. 25 deadline neared, and we extended that deadline a week in the hope that more would come forward to help make a difference in this community.
And did you ever.
Residents shopping for their own Thanksgiving feasts last week took time to stop in to our downtown offices with donations. Generous individuals cut back their holiday meals a bit in order to send checks to our partner, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. A group of local students even asked how to get in on the effort – unable to open their wallets but recognizing the need for help. The phones began ringing, and the push was under way.
Nearly $10,000 was raised in less than a week. And of that, donations from individuals accounted for $9,243.
That brought us to more than $71,000 to ease the strain on local food pantries that have seen increased need this holiday season. It means a little more help for a child with a rumbling stomach or an out-of-work parent trying desperately to provide the basics.
We have seen the giving that takes place each and every day here: This community opens its wallets, sets aside time, rolls up its collective sleeves and digs in time and again to help those around them. The Green Bay Gamblers shave their heads to support cancer patients. Green Bay Packers fans attend a game with extra coats to keep kids warm through the Coats for Kids program. We even get our pets in on it, dressing them up or washing them down, depending on the cause. And just one month ago, hundreds in the Green Bay area joined the nationwide Make a Difference Day effort, chipping in in numerous ways throughout the community.
From the overwhelming success of charity events such as the Merrill Lynch Grand Gala or Cellcom Green Bay Marathon to the consistent support of local organizations like The Salvation Army and United Way of Brown County, this community has built a reputation for its giving spirit.
You rose to the challenge we presented last week. The flurry of check-writing that took place has brought us closer to the goal, with one more week for a final push.
Thank you again to J.J. Keller Foundation, Express Convenience Centers and credit unions across Brown County that will match up to $35,000 raised.
We have one more week to dig a little deeper. In the meantime, thank you to those who took our “Thanksgiving Challenge,” helping people in your community who need a little extra assistance this holiday season to put food on the table.