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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:56

WC Food Pantry slated to close

Written by  CSI Media Staff

A longtime food pantry in Walworth County is slated to close its doors at the end of October unless someone steps forward to manage it, according to a release from the Walworth County Resource Center.

After serving the Walworth County community for eight years, the Walworth County Food Pantry will close its doors on October 29, 2017.

Jim and Ardith Drescher, along with a steady group of volunteers, say they have been serving 50 or more families twice a week, every week since 2009.

The pantry has been a source of the traditional non-perishable food items, and also fresh produce, refrigerated and frozen meats, dairy items, fresh bakery goods, paper products and personal hygiene items, pet food, clothing and more.  

The Dreschers say they are saddened to be closing the pantry, but are unable to keep up with the pace.  

“Over the years this has turned in to almost a full-time job for the both of us,” Jim Drescher said in the release. “I have tried for almost a year to find someone or some group to take over the pantry but with no success. Hopefully someone will see this story and come forward wanting to take over the food pantry. That is my hope because the last thing we want is for the pantry to close.”

The pantry got its start in early 2009, when a group of community members, including Sal Dimeli, Frank Guske, Jr and Jim Drescher, recognized its need in the county. The group opened the pantry on County Highway H in Lake Geneva.  

The pantry outgrew the two-story building, and in 2013, and moved to its current location at 205 E. Commerce Ct. in the Elkhorn Industrial Park, at the site of a former medical clinic.

According to the release, over the last eight years, the pantry is estimated to have served over 5,000 families—approximately 550 a month—and given away over 4.5 million pounds of food.   

“The Dreschers and the WC Food Pantry wish to thank so many people, including their faithful volunteers and the men of Mt. Zion House for keeping the operation running,” the release read. “The local businesses that supplied much of the food given include: Walmart (in both Lake Geneva and Delavan), Simple Bakery, Bitner’s Bakery, Kikkoman and Jimmy Johns.  Other local businesses that have been a tremendous help in funding, supplies, transportation and warehouse space include MPC, Elkhorn Chemical and Kunes Country Auto Group.”

According to the release, the pantry will continue operations through October. Donations of food, money, books and toys for kids can still be dropped off, but clothing will no longer be accepted.

Any items remaining when the pantry closes will be divided among other food pantries in the county, the release read.

For more information, contact Jim Drescher at 262-745-6018.

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