- For local food pantries, it means more need. "We see anywhere from 5,000 to 6,500 7,000 men, women and children. 40% of that number are children," said Pam Winkelman, head of fundraising and public relations at Lakeland Pantry.Food pantries need more help during the holidays. The Lakeland Pantry gives out more than 700 meals at Thanksgiving and 900 at Christmas.
"Going into Christmas and Thanksgiving, and the winter season is a time when we certainly have an increased need," Winkelman said. "We were averaging maybe 40 families each time we were open. Last week Tuesday and Wednesday we had 56 families Tuesday and 64 on Wednesday." says Richard Short, the Director of the Vilas Food Pantry. Today, the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation donated $1,000 each to three local food pantries. "Food pantries, services for disabled folks, for homeless folks that need shelter, job programs, things like that. They're so critical to helping our communities be strong and helping those in their time of need," said Leah Van Zile of Wisconsin Public Service. The WPS Foundation also donated to Frederick Place which is a local homeless shelter and Headwaters, which provides services for the disabled.
Story By: Kaitlyn Howe