MANITOWOC, Wis. (WFRV) – When police are looking for the “most wanted” usually it is the suspect in a crime. But, on the lakeshore they want pasta, cereal, peanut butter and other pantry staples.
It is all part of a drive to arrest hunger.
“What a blessing” says Woody Shulander as he unpacks donations at Peter’s Pantry in Manitowoc.
They are getting a boost from a first time food drive.
“We at the Police Department see such a need of unfortunate situations that people come into and we feel that this would be helping give back to the community and when times are tough this would help their spirits a little bit” says Jeri Lynn Christensen with the department.
Over the next four months, they are looking for the ten most wanted items at the pantry.
“We have five donations drop offs throughout the city of Manitowoc” she explains. “One is at the Police Department, another one is at our public library, Manitowoc City Hall, our senior center and our Manitowoc public utilities”.
With fun themes like “soup-er bowl”, “oodles of noodles”, and “breakfast bonanza”, organizers hope to keep the community engaged. “We are up to 470 items in two weeks” Christensen says with pride.
The added donations help balance the tight budget at the pantry. “We are 100 percent volunteer” Shulander explains. “There are no paid positions. All our drivers are volunteer drivers, donations are the only thing we live on”.
The program serves an average of 240 families each week. Since the pantry opened in 1988 it has provided more than 16 million pounds of free food to community members in need.
“We are able to make ends meet through the generosity of the public” Shulander says.
For a list of items needed head to https://www.facebook.com/events/1378678305591544/