The first time I heard the expression “wrestling meal” was in college.
It was one of those phrases that was only funny in its relativity, as many students around me knew or experienced the struggle to get enough food if money was tight.
On TV, it’s armloads of instant ramen noodle cups or grilled cheese made with an iron.
Sometimes it’s any meal you can find because your campus meal plan doesn’t cover Saturdays – or you’re not on a meal plan – and your tutoring salary only comes in. the following Friday, and mom is too far away to help.
One of my biggest accomplishments besides graduating was compiling coupon codes and reward points to get a great pizza and cheese sticks for $ 5 and then making them last all. the weekend.
Even as a kid my mom would often ask my family to prioritize meals that didn’t add too much to the grocery bill so it was home soup and sometimes bean burritos on the menu. of Taco Bell on the way to karate lessons.
If we wanted something sweet we knew where the toaster and cinnamon was.
What I didn’t know then was how many people and families are battling hunger, and the exact role pantries play in those struggles.
Many pantries, whether through local churches or non-denominational affiliations, do their best to provide balanced and nutritious meals, not just canned meals.
Fondy Food Pantry, for example, provides fresh produce and education on healthy choices both in their regular distribution and in their Food For Thought program for schoolchildren.
The Lighthouse Christian Church Food Pantry also offers bread and other baked goods as well as the distribution of canned food and frozen meat.
The two pantries, and several others in the county, will benefit from The Reporter’s Stock the Shelves fundraiser with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, which begins on Friday.
Want to help? The Stock the Shelves donation window is open until October
Stock the Shelves is an annual campaign of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin in partnership with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin that encourages readers to donate to help fight hunger in their local communities.
Since 2010, Stock the Shelves has raised more than $ 5 million for Wisconsin pantries through donations from readers and support from community partners, including credit unions.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Stock the Shelves program in 2021,” said Andy Fisher, Managing Director of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. “Over the years, this program has helped countless individuals and families in eastern Wisconsin. Last year, over $ 150,000 was raised through this program. COVID-19 has had and continues to impact many of our families, friends and neighbors in our communities and beyond. has not been a more important time to come together to help these people in need.
The money raised has helped provide approximately half a million meals to people in need in our communities.
“We are committed to supporting communities across our USA TODAY-Wisconsin network and our team is thrilled to be partnering with this incredible program again this year,” said Fisher.
Stock the Shelves aims to help those in need in communities served by the following newspapers in northeastern Wisconsin: Fond du Lac Reporter, Oshkosh Northwestern, Appleton Post Crescent, Green Bay Press Gazette, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Sheboygan Press , Wausau Daily Herald, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Marshfield News Record, Stevens Point Journal, Door County Advocate, Oconto County Reporter, Kewaunee County Star-News and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Donations will help support the community in which the donor resides.
Checks should be made payable to Feeding American Eastern Wisconsin, ATTN: Stock the Shelves, and mailed to 2911 W. Evergreen Drive, Appleton WI 54913. Include with your contribution the donor’s address with city, state and postcode for internal processing, a note of whether or not the donation should be kept anonymous, whether the donation is in memory of someone special, and the donor’s name as it should appear in the advertisement thank you note that will be published in the Thanksgiving edition of the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin dailies.
To donate online, visit feedamericawi.org/stocktheshelvesdonate/.
These local pantries can benefit from Stock the Shelves
The Fond du Lac area pantries that partner with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin include:
- Fondy pantry, 573 W. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac, is open from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Monday; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays; and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Proof of identity and residence required on first visit. For more information, call 920-322-0369 or visit fondyfoodpantry.org.
- Lighthouse Christian church pantry, 401 S. National Ave., Fond du Lac, is open by appointment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Photo ID and proof of address required. Bread and pastries available to all without an appointment. For more information, call 920-921-3477.
- Salvation Army Fond du Lac, 237 N. Macy St., Fond du Lac, opens its pantry from 10 am to 1:30 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, call 920-923-8220.
- Flagship house, 166, avenue du Parc, Fond du Lac, benefits the residents of the detoxification center. For more information, call 920-923-3999.
- Waupun region pantry, 12 S. Mill St., is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday for residents of the Waupun School District area. Photo ID and proof of address required. For more information, call 920-324-4000.
- Community pantry, inside Traded Treasures, 102 W. Jackson St., Ripon, is open 10 am to 3 pm on the first four Mondays of each month and from 6 pm to 7 pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Photo ID and proof of address required. For more information, call 920-748-5756.
- Mayville pantry, inside the Christian Life Fellowship, 113 N. Clark St., is open from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every alternate Tuesday for Mayville area residents in need. For more information, call 920-387-4380.