Stock the Shelves campaign to aid food pantries needs last-minute push
Stock the Shelves is USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin's biggest community fundraiser of the year, which aims to ensure families in area communities have food for the holidays.
Dear Fox Cities:
A late push is needed to get contributions to the annual Stock the Shelves campaign to a level that would initiate three substantial matching grants. The clock is ticking, and we need your help in the coming few days.
I wrote about the campaign and the community’s tradition of generosity on Sunday. I’m back today with an update on the status of the campaign and a plea for some last-minute assistance.
The campaign, launched by The Post-Crescent and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin in conjunction with the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, has thus far raised $20,614 for local food pantries. For those who have contributed, thank you.
An additional $14,386 needs to be raised by Sunday to meet the minimum requirement for two $35,000 matching grants (J. J. Keller Foundation and U.S. Venture) and another $25,000 grant (Greater Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions) to kick in.
If the $14,386 comes in by Sunday and the matching grants are initiated, the amount raised in the campaign to help feed struggling families in the Fox Cities will hit $130,000.
That’s a big number, and hugely important in keeping the shelves of food pantries across the Fox Cities adequately stocked.
We’re well aware that not everyone is in a position to pitch in. But for those who are, please consider a contribution between now and Sunday to help us make this happen.
We set out to establish this annual campaign 22 years ago because there were significant needs in this community. The food pantries do noble work, but they can’t go it alone. This campaign aimed to provide a substantial boost just as the holiday season was coming into view. Those needs haven’t gone away as thousands of families here live at or below the poverty line and struggle to take care of basic necessities.
No matter what put these neighbors in their difficult situation — job loss, low wages, health issues, mental health, poor choices, family dynamics — no one deserves to go hungry.
Let’s work together to help put food on the table. There is a lot on the line in the coming days.
If you can, please do. We need your help.
Here’s how: Donate to Stock the Shelves through the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. Go to www.cffoxvalley.org/stocktheshelves or drop off donations at a local credit union.
Ed Berthiaume is news director at The Post-Crescent.