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Pastor Fred's Food Pantry in Amberg Needs Donations
Issue Date: May 6, 2020
Pastor Fred's Food Pantry in Wausaukee opened in 2002 as Area Community Food Pantry in the St. Augustine Catholic Church basement. The mission and hope was and still is, to help people in surrounding communities with food assistance.
One year later it was announced that the pantry would close unless a new location could be found. Pastor Fred Wadsworth's wife told her husband, "This is something we can do." So, the pantry moved to the Presbyterian Church in Amberg. This was no easy task. All the food had to be carried up from the basement and unfortunately, on one of the many trips, Pastor Fred fell down the steps and was hurt.
In 2004 a very generous businessman in Amberg gave the Church a great deal on renting the current building. Pastor Fred passed away in 2010 and the pantry was renamed, "Pastor Fred's Food Pantry" in honor of his devotion and compassion to this mission.
Pastor Fred's Food Pantry currently serves 11 communities in Marinette County. They have a great team of 28 volunteers, and are open the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10:00am - noon. However, someone is always available if there is a food emergency. They welcome people who need assistance with food to check them out. If they are out of the serving area, Pastor Fred's help them find a pantry in their area. When Pastor Fred's first opened they served approximately 250 people a month. Currently, they now serve about 450 people a month.
The goal at Pastor Fred's is to buy and serve the best food they can attain from Feeding America, TEFAP, Food Drives and monetary donations.
They also try to include other commodities such as toilet paper, laundry and dish soap, and personal hygiene products. If funds are available they try to make holidays brighter by giving clients a turkey, ham or fruit at the holidays. Also, because of many generous people they were able to give out hats, gloves and coats this winter.
The foods received from TEFAP and Feeding America are basic items like canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, rice, peanut butter, cereal, canned meat and some cheese and meat. They would love to give their clients milk, butter, eggs, and some fresh fruit and veggies each time they come.
Pastor Fred's will continue their mission as long as they have the support of kind, caring, generous people who share their beliefs in helping others in need.
Current needs include non-perishable food, health and beauty aids (toothpaste/brushes, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant), cleaning supplies (laundry soap, dish soap, disinfectant wipes), paper products (toilet paper, toweling), or monetary donations.