The month of May is Community Action Month and one thing we are focusing on each Wednesday is the impact that COVID-19 is having on our communities and on our clients. Our food pantries have seen a noticeable uptick in clients since the end of March and we expect to see this continue. We are prepared and ready to help anyone who needs the extra help.
Here is a story from Deb Barlament, Vice President of Operations at Newcap, who has been overseeing the food pantries and any emergency food needs that there are.
“I received a phone call from a very distraught gentleman “Mike.” He told me his wife was dying from cancer, he has two children and there was only enough food in their house for two more days.
“Is there anything you can do to help us?” he asked. I told him we could absolutely help him. I put together several boxes of food for his family and delivered it to his house. Because this was during the COVID-19 Safer at Home order, I left the food on his from steps.
I then called him as I left his house. I left a voicemail letting him know the food was on his steps. He called me back a little while later, crying, and said, “Oh my gosh! I never expected someone would do this for us. You have no idea how thankful we are for your kindness. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” I told Mike to be sure and call me if they needed anything else.”
If you or someone you know is struggling to feed their families right now, do not hesitate to call Deb at 1-920-371-2993 and we will get you food. Our food pantries are also open in Crandon (212 North Lake Avenue) and Marinette (1939 Hall Avenue) on Mondays and Thursdays from 8AM-4PM and in Oconto (1201 Main Street) on Mondays from 9:30AM-4PM.