Mary Beth Writes

As many of you know, I volunteer every week at the Waukesha Food Pantry. It’s a powerful organization that helps to feed hundreds of food-insecure people every week. 

If YOU live in or close to Waukesha, please consider this. Tomorrow, Saturday, March 2 you can buy a $10 Simply Give gift card at Meijer’s on Sunset for the Waukesha Food Pantry – Meijers will then donate $30 to the Food Pantry.

This is happening twice this month, next time is March 23. 

This is the announcement we volunteers received. 

 

Don't forget to shop at Meijer's on Sunset Drive this Saturday 2 March to increase your support of The FOOD Pantry!  While you can purchase $10 Simply Give donation cards through 30 March, this Saturday Meijer will double-match all cards purchased, turning your $10 contribution into a donation of $30 to The FOOD Pantry. Can't make it this Saturday?  There is a second Double Match Day on Saturday 23 March.  Thanks for your support!   

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But you will make a world of change for several families in Waukesha. This is a good program that does a lot of work with volunteers, donations and very low overhead. Any money you send their way will really help where it's needed most.

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