Closings disrupt parents, food pantries

parents and pantries disrupted from cold

GREEN BAY- Canceling school also causes disruptions for parents and for people who rely on one area food bank.

While some children leaving Annie Jackson elementary in Green Bay Monday were excited about another day off Tuesday because of cold temperatures, their parents were not.

“It’s very difficult because I have to work from home. I have to reschedule meetings. I hope that my kids are quiet while I’m in meetings if I do have any and especially on such short notice it’s so difficult,” said Heather Vieux, a computer programmer with a kindergartener and a first grader.

But parents and children huddled in their homes means more dough raked in for pizza places that deliver, like Gallagher’s in Green Bay.

“We’re getting a high call volume because they don’t want to leave because of the cold weather,” said Marty Prahl, manager at Gallagher’s west location.

However, the pie may not be piping hot when it gets to you. So, delivery drivers ask your patience.

“Sometimes it’s just hard for the delivery drivers to get the car started in the morning, let alone making sure the food is warm using the bags that we use,” said Prahl.

While pizza joints were busy Monday night, the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry in Menasha was quiet. Pick up was cancelled Monday evening. But, people won’t go hungry for the entire week.

“Whenever the Appleton schools close because of weather, we also close. We run on volunteer help and a lot of the volunteers are elderly so to ask them to come out in this weather and for the safety of the clients even having to go outside,” said Executive Director Monica Clare.

Clare says the pantry will also be closed Tuesday, but will be open the rest of the week.

So, people in need will eventually have the chance to have what they need to make a warm, home-cooked meal on what will continue to be very chilly days.

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