Marge Banaszak in front of the new Crivitz Food Pantry
Crivitz Area Food Pantry Soon Will Have New HomeIssue Date: May 10, 2018
For about two years the Crivitz Area Food Pantry has been seeking a permanent new home. With the help of big and small donors, as well as fundraisers and the Stephenson National Bank who financed the building, that dream will soon become a reality.
On April 16 Food Pantry officers signed paperwork to purchase the Ski Hut property at 216 S. Hwy. 141 in Crivitz and will be moving into the 7,000 square foot building as soon as remodeling is complete.Crivitz Food Pantry President Marge Banaszak said the new building and the new location will allow them to better serve client needs.
Plans are to hold the first pantry day at the new site on Wednesday, June 6. In the future there will be an open house for everyone to see the new building, Banaszak said.
Banaszak added that the Ski Hut business has moved to a new site across the street, and added that without their help the project would not have taken place.
Banaszak said the Crivitz Area Food Pantry (CAFP) board is excited to report that they are now officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means it has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt charitable organization. Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations may use donations to CAFP as a tax write-off. Anyone interested in donating can mail contributions to Crivitz Area Food Pantry, PO Box 398, Crivitz, WI 54114.
"The pantry could not serve the community without the awesome work of volunteers who tirelessly pick up food, unpack trucks, stock shelves and freezers, work on paperwork, grants, letters, pack boxes and haul groceries for clients. They truly make a difference," Banaszak declared.
The Crivitz Area Food Pantry has just completed its 20th year of operation. Since they started keeping records in 2002, the pantry has served over 24,362 families, 40,217 adults and 18,604 kids. In 2010 the pantry program implemented the Back Pack Buddies Program and have since prepared 24,606 packs for kids up to fourth grade who are in the free and reduced lunch program at school. These kids also get a snack bag to take home for the weekend. Also to assist kids in 2014, the pantry decided to supply food for the school pantry and have since helped make 32,867 meals for kids.
Since 2010, when they started the Elderly Service Bag Program, Crivitz Food Pantry volunteers have prepared 381 bags of lunches. These brown grocery bags go to the homebound who are on the Meals On Wheels program. Today over 75 percent of their clients are elderly.
Banaszak said 2017 proved to be another very busy year. In addition to volunteers picking up food, stocking shelves and working on the bi-weekly food distributions, they coordinated a large move from 305 Hall Ave. to the temporary new location at 700 Main Street. The pantry would like to thank Ezra and Missy Gruszynski for letting the pantry rent a spot at 700 Main Street.
Rummage sales will be held throughout the summer. Watch for dates and signs. Sometime in June, the pantry will have a plant sale in conjunction with the rummage sale, according to Banaszak.
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