Partner Agency Spotlight of the Month: Stanley-Boyd Area Food Pantry

November 20, 2013 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

Every organization has its high and low periods, and the Stanley-Boyd Area Food Pantry in Stanley, Wis., is no exception. After two decades in operation, the pantry shut down in 2012 after no volunteer came forward to serve as its director. However, by calling former volunteers and visiting a local restaurant to hand out notes to morning coffee drinkers, community leaders were flooded with volunteers willing to lead the food pantry, and now it’s back in business!

The pantry serves more than 80 families, and operates out of the basement of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Stanley, where clients benefit from expanded food choices and a larger, more comfortable distribution area. Local youth groups and approximately 50 volunteers now assist in unloading the semi truck, setting out food on distribution days each month and cleaning up. The pantry is a member of the Feed My People food bank in Wisconsin, which is supported by Second Harvest Heartland. “There was an amazing response to our call for help,” says Kristy Vircks, administrative assistant at Our Savior’s and a board member of the food pantry. “We are overflowing with volunteers.”

After the food pantry reopened last year, the Weekend Kid’s Meal Program expanded to serve more than 130 kids through 12th grade. Middle and high school students “shop” for food in a designated pantry room at the high school to protect confidentiality. Food items for younger children are packed by students with disabilities, and placed in children’s lockers to take home in backpacks at the end of the day. “Thanks to the communities of Stanley and Boyd for their support and the many volunteers that make these programs work,” says Kristy.

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