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Transition of Food Pantry Manager Announced

The Board of Directors of the Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry is announcing a transition with the Food Pantry Manager. Effective January 9th, 2020, Carol Gagnon has expressed her intention to resign from the pantry manager position she has held for the last 5+ years. During Carol’s tenure, the Food Pantry has seen significant growth and evolution. The Food Pantry increased availability by allowing the food insecure in our community to come and get food at as many of the 5 monthly distributions as necessary. Also under Carol’s leadership, the pantry established Annexes in each of the Sauk Prairie schools so that hungry students are able to receive snacks (or take food home) to get them through the day and keep them focused on learning. Over one year ago, the Food Pantry moved to a new and larger pantry site at 821 Industry Road in Sauk City, as tenants of a portion of the building owned and developed by 6:8. Carol was instrumental in orchestrating this move.

Carol Gagnon, Food Pantry Manager

Carol Gagnon

Kris Ballweg Sauk Prairie Food Pantry Manager

Kris Ballweg, Interim Food Pantry Manager

 

As a result of Carol’s upcoming departure, we are announcing the appointment of Kris Ballweg to the role of Interim Food Pantry Manager. Kris has been a regular volunteer at the food pantry for the last 10+ years. Last year, she took on a leadership role in the restocking/delivery volunteer team. In this role, Kris provides direction to a group of dedicated volunteers that several times per month unload 2nd Harvest Deliveries and restock the pantry shelves with food so that it is ready for the next distribution. In early 2019, Kris also joined the Food Pantry Board of Directors. Over the coming weeks, Kris will be transitioning all responsibilities from Carol and in the months to come will work with the board to define and evolve the manager position to meet the growing food needs of many in our community.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Carol Gagnon for her outstanding service to the Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry and we thank Kris Ballweg for being willing to take on the manager role on an interim basis.

To contact the Food Pantry to volunteer your time, donate money or inquire about the food services of the pantry you can phone us at 608-571-7737 or contact us through the pantry website: https://spfoodpantry.org

Todd Taylor
President, Board of Directors
Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry

Jean Fisher Retires

The Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry recently held its annual meeting. Jean Fisher announced her retirement from the board. Jean is one of the founding members of the Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry. She was on the board for 35 years. Jean has held various positions over the years: volunteer, board President, Pantry Manager, restocker, and a good friend to many patrons. The Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry is very thankful to Jean for her many years of dedication!

Food Pantry is Moving!

The Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry will finally open its doors at its new location Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  Until then all distributions are at the Prairie du Sac location.  The new location is at 821 Industry Road in Sauk City.  Trying to find it?  Turn on Dallas Street by Culver’s.  Take Dallas Street into the Industrial Park.  Dallas Street curves to the right and turns into Industry Road.  The building will be on the right side and is next door to Badger Fabrication.  It is set back from the road.  Look for the 6:8 sign.  We are renting the space from the non-profit 6:8.  There is a white fence on one side and you can see McFarlanes’ in the backyard.  We do have a new phone number but it will not be used until we open.  Please continue to use 644-0504 x29 until April 18th.  Volunteers will be asked to park on the street.  Food Pantry patrons will park in the parking lot.  Patrons will be able to enter the building through the main door and wait inside in the dining room.  Please be flexible as we get the kinks worked out.  We are very excited to have you join us on this journey!

Volunteer Focus

Jim Smith is a member of the Sauk Prairie Area Food Pantry board. Jim does the home deliveries for the Food Pantry and also picks up the commodity food from the government in Wisconsin Dells. Jim also picks up items from donation bins at Piggly Wiggly and Sauk Prairie Market.  Jim enjoys traveling to Guatemala with his wife, Colleen, helping others in need.

We appreciate all Jim does to help the Food Pantry succeed and are pleased to share more about this great Board Member!

Pantry Annex Open

As kids start school this year, the Sauk Prairie Food Pantry opens their new Pantry Annex at the High School. Students will be able to access the Pantry Annex in a quick and convenient manner right after school ends. This will help High School students and their families obtain needed food resources.

High School is a busy time for students – along with a lot of growth. The school district provides breakfast and lunch through their free and reduced program but that still leaves many students hungry after school and on weekends. Working families may not qualify for benefits but be within a range of income that is insufficient for all expenses.

Teens become more susceptible to food insecurities as their independence and activities increase and parents are not home as much due to work schedules. The goal of the new Annex is to give teens the ability to help themselves (and their families) with easier and more comfortable access to food resources. The High School is a known, safe space for students and they do not need to find transportation to another location

The Food Pantry Annex is located in a small room off one of the High School classrooms. The room was chosen to provide students with a sense of privacy but also for ease of access. The High School currently staffs the room approximately two afternoons a week for a half-hour after school ends.

Please visit the Sauk Prairie Eagle Newspaper to read their article on our Food Pantry Annex.

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