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$22,000 donated to date in 'Stock the Shelves'

Matching grants available, up to $120,000

Oct. 23, 2013
 

Stock the Shelves beneficiaries

Food pantries and programs in and around the Fox Cities that will receive money:
• Clintonville Area Food Pantry
• Hortonville Food Pantry
• New London Community Cupboard
• Waupaca Area Food Pantry
• Wey-Mont Food Pantry
• Manawa Area Community Food Pantry
• Evangel Food Pantry
• St. Joseph Food Program
• Salvation Army Fox Cities
• Loaves & Fishes, Kaukauna
• Bread of Life Assistance Center, The Salvation Army of Calumet County, Chilton
• Ruth’s Pantry, Grace Lutheran Church, Larsen
• St. Vincent de Paul, Brillion
• Cries of the Heart Outreach Ministries
• St. Vincent de Paul, New Holstein
• Apostolic Truth Church, The Store House
• Double Portion
• Freedom Center Food Pantry
• Freedom Food Pantry, Freedom
• Manawa Area Community Food Pantry
• Marion Area Food Pantry, Marion Area
Ministerial Association House of HOPE
• St. John’s Food Pantry, Little Chute
• St. John’s Church, New London
• Menasha Food Pantry, Trinity Lutheran Church
• The Salvation Army, Outagamie County Service Extension, Bread of Life Center

How to help

Donations are matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $120,000. To contribute online, visit the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region at www.cfffoxvalley.org/stocktheshelves.
A “Stock the Shelves” contribution form can be found in Sunday’s Post-Crescent on Page C2. Donations can be hand-delivered to the Community Foundation, 4455 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, or mailed to The Post-Crescent Community Fund, P.O. Box 563, Appleton, WI 54912.
Employees are encouraged to watch for matching funds at their place of employment.
Fox Cities donors can donate nonperishable items at local credit union branches.

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Donations have reached 8.1 percent of the $270,000 goal in Post-Crescent Media’s 2013 “Stock the Shelves” Do It! Community Challenge, to benefit 25 Fox Valley food pantries and programs.

Almost $11,000 has been received in individual donations in the first 10 days of the campaign, and will be matched by donations from four major partners. A total of $21,983.58 is on hand now.

“We’re so thankful for the generosity of our readers and partners,” said Dan Flannery, Post-Crescent Media’s executive editor. “But we’re urging others to help us out, too. Your donations are matched dollar-for-dollar up to $120,000 in this campaign, and together, it improves the lives of thousands of people in the Fox Valley.”

This year’s “Stock the Shelves” campaign began Oct. 13, and is scheduled to end Dec. 1. The effort is bolstered by matching grants from the J. J. Keller Foundation ($35,000), Express Convenience Centers ($35,000, based on 5 cents of gas sold during the campaign), the Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions ($25,000) and Kimberly-Clark Cares ($25,000), the charitable wing of the Kimberly-Clark Corp.

“With a little more than five weeks left in this campaign, we definitely need help,” Flannery said. “We have to collect around $248,000 to hit this goal, and help the Fox Valley’s hunger-relief organizations help their clients.”

Last year’s campaign collected more than $285,300, a record for the campaign, in the Fox Valley, after starting with a goal of $250,000. The local campaign is annually a part of Gannett Wisconsin Media’s “Stock the Shelves” effort, which collected more than $637,400 a year ago, to benefit 89 food pantries and programs.

“We have a long way to go, in both time and donations,” said Flannery, “but we encourage potential donors to take advantage of the matching grants while they can. And it’s always a good idea to see if your employer offers matching funds for this program.”

The money is distributed to account for the size and service of Fox Valley hunger-relief organizations:

• 40 percent of “Stock the Shelves” donations will go to the St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha, the Valley’s largest food pantry.

• 20 percent will go to the Salvation Army-Fox Cities.

• 20 percent will be divided among remaining pantries that have an account with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, which sells food to pantries at a steep discount. The size of donations is based on the number of people served by each organization.

• 20 percent will be divided equally among all pantries except St. Joseph Food Program and the Salvation Army-Fox Cities.

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