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We need more to help fill the need

The Yule Feed Families food drive celebrated more giving this week, but we've still got a long way to go if we hope to surpass last year's donations that came in at about $5,000. The need at the Oconomowoc Area Food Pantry isn't slowing as numbers using the pantry continue to grow.

Pantry organizer Bill Jackson said last week that the pantry served 375 families in November. He said that was the highest number thepantry has seen this year. The donations collected through Yule Feed Families help sustain the pantry after the holiday season of giving is gone. Those struggling continue to need help regardless of the time of year.

We thank those who have thought of their neighbors in need. This week the Focus Yule Feed Families drive received a $50 donation from Jeffery and Elizabeth Sander, $400 from Michael and Julie Thomas and $70 from Gloria Nelson. We are thankful for your help, but we need more folks like you to help us surpass last year. As of Wednesday, the 2012 Yule Feed drive had collected $2,175 for the pantry.

The drive ends at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, leaving just a week to give.

Here's how you can help. Send donations to our office at 810 Cardinal Lane, Suite 201, Hartland, WI 53029, or drop them off during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or, you can stop by Waukesha State Bank, 1227 Corporate Center Drive, Oconomowoc, during normal business hours. Tellers are ready to help you give a donation, or there is a large barrel in the bank lobby for food.

It's important to note that checks should be made out to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry, not Yule Feed Families.

Jackson said the pantry always needs the basic items it packs into the grocery bags clients receive each month. The prepacked bags include items such as macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables, soup, a main meal with a meat product, tuna fish, a can of frozen orange juice, toilet paper and a choice of dry cereal or pancake mix - items that could be well-stocked in your pantry but are basics that many others cannot afford.

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