RHINELANDER - Food pantries help out families and people in times when they need it, but sometimes the food pantry needs a little help too.
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry needs more financial donations to help it purchase food and pay the bills.
"Even though about 50 percent of our food comes from Walmart, donations from Walmart, we gave out 600,000 pounds of food last year, so that's 300,000 pounds of food we still have to pay for somehow," said Guy Hansen, the executive director of the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry. "And besides that, with this building, it's fantastic, but we have heat, and lights, and a water bill."
Last year the pantry set a record in giving away 596,714 pounds of food during 7,304 household visits.
You can write a check to the pantry and bring it to BMO Harris Bank on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
You can donate food, too, but Hansen says a dollar goes a lot further.
"We can do a lot more with cash than we can with food," he said. "We're always happy to have the food donations, but because Jane, our pantry manager, is such a wise shopper, and we have access to the Feeding America program, we can buy a lot more than a dollar's worth of food."
Hansen says this is the time of year when they start to see more and more people come to the pantry, as summer ends and the holidays approach.
|Story By: Stephanie Haines