Challenging others to help feed the hungry

Port State Bank offers matching grant to inspire businesses to contribute to Saukville Community Food Pantry’s efforts to move to larger facility

PORT WASHINGTON STATE BANK has pledged to match 25 donations from 25 businesses totalling $25,000 to help the Saukville Community Food Pantry raise the money it needs to move to a larger facility in Saukville. Announcing the challenge grant recently were (from left) Food Pantry Executive Director Mark Gierach, Port State Bank President and COO James Schowalter and Sara Pashak, president of the Food Pantry Board of Directors. Press file photo

By BILL SCHANEN IV

Ozaukee Press staff

The Saukville Community Food Pantry’s efforts to relocate to a larger facility that will allow it to better serve those in need are receiving a boost from Port Washington State Bank and, it hopes, 25 other area businesses.

The bank has pledged to match 25 donations from 25 businesses totalling $25,000 by Nov. 30 to help raise the money needed for the Food Pantry to occupy the former Tri-Par building at the corner of South Main Street and Green Bay Avenue in Saukville.

“We are blessed to live and work in one of the state’s more affluent counties, but sadly, at the base of those averages are families who are struggling with the cost of daily living,’ James Schowalter, president and COO of Port Washington State Bank, said. “The expansion of the food pantry is critical to start now because we know that prices for consumables aren’t expected to decrease.”

The Food Pantry announced this summer that it plans to move from its cramped quarters in the basement of Parkside Community Church in Saukville to the Tri-Par building, which at about 15,000 square feet is more than twice as large as its current space.

The need for a larger facility is a reflection of both the growing need for the services provided by the Food Pantry and the growing role it plays in Ozaukee County, Executive Director Mark Gierach said, noting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted that at-home food prices will have increased by 10.5% to 11% by the end of the year.

“Back in 2012, the pantry helped 23 families,” he said. “Today, we help more than 400 families each month, not just in Saukville but throughout Ozaukee County.

“The new space will help us serve this continually increasing need.”

To contribute to the Saukville Community Food Pantry’s new facility effort, visit its website at www.saukvillefoodpantry.com or mail checks to the Food Pantry at P.O. Box 80341, Saukville, WI 53080.

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