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Fox News 6 Visits the Food bank

Brian Kramp from Fox 6 News Milwaukee spent the morning with us learning about the need in Walworth County and how we are working to close the gap on hunger! If you missed the live event, you can view the segments here.

Here's a great Newsletter from ADRC!

The ADRC of Walworth County works hard to support the entire community and we are proud to partner with them whenever possible.

Click here for the August Newsletter.

The Burlington Turkey Trot raised $10,000 to help feed the hungry and Walworth County Food Pantry received $350.00 today! And a chance to have a photo with Miles McStuffin (also known as Rev Paul Vandeberg) at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, WI. Jen Grimme and Scott Hermann from Thrivent Financial made it all happen!  Thank you! Read more about Scott and Thrivent Financial by clicking here.

Help from The Elkhorn Boy Scouts Troop 225

The Elkhorn Boy Scout Troop #225 gave up their day off of school today to work at the food bank! They labeled canned goods and sorted cans. They rebuilt boxes and then packed food into boxes! They worked with precision and even had a little fun doing it! Thank you so much!

Volunteer Extraordinaire!

On Friday, December 13 we were invited to the annual banquet of the Lakes Area REALTORS® Association to recognize Carl Gustafson as the 2019 Realtor of the Year, largely for all of the time and energy he devotes to volunteerism for our organization. His peers recognized him for his servant leadership and brought donations of peanut butter to surprise him and us with a "Spread the Love" theme. We were honored to be included. Thank you Carl.

Walworth County Food & Diaper Bank 2019 WCEDA David Bretl Community Betterment AwardAward Winner

Lake Geneva Jaycees Provide Turkeys!

We are so grateful to the Lake Geneva Jaycees for their hard work and delivery of 50 complete turkey dinners (including the pan!), ready to be distributed and cooked for Thanksgiving!

Harvest is Over ...it was a Great Season!

Here in Wisconsin the harvest is over and the numbers are in! The Walworth County Food Pantry team recovered and distributed 27,000 pounds of local produce this summer!

Thanks so all the local gardeners and farmers, especially our dear friends at Pearce Farms, Bob and Mary Ann Pearce and family. 

Help with High Energy Costs

Are High Energy Costs Getting you Down?

The Home Energy Plus program may help.

For Walworth County Please call for details:

 262-427-8505

Details available at the Walworth County Food Pantry or on line at Home Energy Plus.

 

You have the power to continue to do good in the world and be the positive change, even with everything going on around us.

If you’re looking for a reason to get out there and do more good, look no further. April has been named Global Volunteer Month as a time to bring people together to volunteer from across the world.

While times are undoubtedly hard, there is hope on the horizon. Use April’s National Month of Hope as a reminder to be a light in somebody’s life this month, including your own!

When you feel good, you’re more likely to do good in the world and at work. Make sure you’re able to set boundaries to help improve your work-from-home life.

Some Wisconsin families aren't just caring for their own household — they're also supporting loved ones abroad. Like many American communities, Walworth County is home to immigrants from around the world. Many of these immigrants are recent transplants who retain strong ties to their home country, including spouses and children who remain overseas. Supporting long-distance loved ones isn't an easy task when you're living on a limited income yourself.

You may not win the lottery tomorrow, or ever for that matter. But what we’re talking about is a different kind of ‘gold’ to make you feel rich in other ways. Check out these ways to feel fulfilled in your everyday life and to make each day golden.

Millions couldn’t afford diapers before the pandemic. Now, diaper banks can’t keep up.
Without federal aid, diaper banks struggle to keep up with skyrocketing need and fewer donations.

There are those who enjoy crunching numbers, and those who would love to be doing anything else. With March underway and April just around the corner, you may be dreading a certain time of year that’s all but looming—tax time.

Change begins with Real Talk. Babies need diapers. Diaper need is an often-overlooked measure of Americans’ economic reversals, There are so many people who do not have enough money to meet their basic needs, and what we’ve found is that diaper need is a window into poverty. Before the pandemic millions could not afford disposable diapers. Now the situation is even worse. Help get diapers to families in need. Donate today.

It’s impossible to put the best version of yourself out into the universe if you’re already starting at a disadvantage. Make sleep a priority and see the health benefits that affect your overall wellbeing.

VACUNA CONTRA COVID-19

Everyone needs to get vaccinated when it's your turn! Read more about safety and who is eligible.

Whether it’s doing something for you, your loved ones or members of your community, check out these ways to boost serotonin levels throughout these cold months.

Giving back your time as a board member is a fulfilling way to help make a difference for a cause that you love.

Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week?

This is an engrossing, well-researched, and compelling analysis that delves into the role that discimination, sexism, and racism play in trapping people in poverty, and outlines policies to help them ladder out of it.

This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.

Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.

The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.

Celebrate National Soup Month! We will be providing simple, delicious and nutritious recipes for slow cooking soup! Start with this hearty Minestrone with a few simple ingredients and end your day with a flavorful delight!

People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?

For a struggling grandmother…$100 bought school supplies for her orphaned granddaughter. . .
For a suddenly homeless family, $100 meant nights in comfortable beds. . .
For recently unemployed parents, $100 put food on the table. . .
For these and countless others in need, $100 is a reason to Believe.
The Believe Project is an anonymous way to brighten the day of a stranger in need…by giving kindness and inspiration in the form of a small envelope containing encouraging quotes along with a crisp $100 bill.
Thank you Carolyn Gable for gifting 30 families in need in Walworth County.

Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving.

While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.

While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year.

Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.

Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving.

On Giving Tuesday, every contribution counts, whether monetarily or otherwise. Check out these ways that you can participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 and beyond.

As the weather outside takes a downward dive, there are plenty of ways to lift spirits this holiday season. It’s time to spread warm wishes and cheer.

For nonprofit organizations around the world, year-end giving is a major boost to help reach giving goals.

While we can’t control what happens in 2020, we can all take steps toward remaining positive even on the most challenging days.

How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.

On this holiday that usually centers around the scary, consider using it as a force for good.

There are plenty of ways to cheer up somebody you love, many of them only involving your time.

We promised more recipes using items in our pantry bags so here it is! Blueberry jam using the 2.5 bag of blueberries given out in last weeks and this weeks pantry bags.
Easy Peasy Blueberry Jam
4.5 cups of blueberries
3 cups of granulated sugar
Boil on medium heat for 20 minutes or until mixture thickens. Put in a jar and refrigerate to enjoy later. If you want your jam to be shelf stable, can the jam in a large pot or water bath canner. Clean jars in hot, soapy water. Leave jars in hot water until you fill them with hot jam. Remove air bubbles with a knife and clean the rim. Place lid and ring on jar and put into the pot or water bath canner. If you use a pot, place a kitchen towel on the bottom of the pot to put your jars on. Water should be about 1" above the top of the jar. Turn heat to high. Once water starts a rapid boil, start a timer for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, turn off heat and allow jars to sit in pot. Remove jars and set on a kitchen towel for 12-24 hours without touching so a seal forms. View this demonstration on our Resources Page!

It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the impact they can have in the world by spreading kindness.

What does it take to raise happy, successful kids? Love, safety, and stability are the foundation of any great upbringing, but that's not all that children need to emerge as future leaders. If you want to raise children who are not only self-sufficient, but motivated to make a difference in the world, follow these four parenting tips. Full article available on our website under "How To Get Help"

Whether it be adopting an animal or helping in various other ways, we hope you’ll take part in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Before you totally ‘write off’ the idea, consider the benefits that come along with journaling a little every day. Check out these five ways that getting your thoughts down on paper (or on your laptop) can help cultivate a more philanthropic focus.

With changing seasons comes more than just pumpkin-spice-flavored everything and crunchy fall leaves. The new season also brings forward new opportunities to do good out in the world.

What are you waiting for? The benefits of mentoring will not only give back to your mentee, but also to your community, and even to you.

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking in on others, it’s important for your mental health to practice self-care.

Who knew that making a difference in the world could be as easy as wi-fi and your own couch? Leave it to the world of do-gooders to find ways to volunteer, even in the midst of a global pandemic!

When it comes to giving back, there are many ways for you to help out your local nonprofits without having to leave your home.

Motivational quotes inspire us to do more, be more and become more of who we are. Each and every one of us can make an impact or difference in this world and leave it better than when we came.

This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need.

In 2020, you might be wondering if being happy is something you could admit to—but even during challenging times, there are ways to boost your mood and try to celebrate the good things in life.

When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering.

On average, a new habit takes approximately 30 days to develop, so don’t get discouraged if you struggle at first. Remain positive and focused on the goal.

Step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, get to know someone different than you. You might be surprised by how much this can enrich your life.