By Cynthia Germain
The food pantry on Washington Island is like any other with federal and state food support but gets so much more from their community. Food items are received from government supported programs that are intended to provide food for 4-5 days to supplement the 17 days that is conceivably covered by food stamps. Anyone can get food in an emergency and those who meet the qualifications can get food once a month, typically on the 4th Monday, in the food pantry which is set up much like a store in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church. The church has supported the effort for many years including covering the expense of special elevator for disability access as well as hosting on-going food and fundraising by the parishioners. John Davies, volunteer manager, speaks with gratitude to all the organizations and individuals that support their mission.
Davies notes that the food that comes from the governmental programs only provides one-third of the food given out so the community’s generosity is critical. A series at doorcountydailynews.com will highlight the current federal and state support, including the efforts of Lakeshore Community Action Program, as well as the good work that food pantries are doing in Door and Kewaunee Counties.