Area food pantries in need of holiday donations, how you can help

As the holiday season approaches, it's one of the busiest times of the year for food pantries, November 21, 2017. (WLUK) 

MENASHA (WLUK) -- As the holiday season approaches, it's one of the busiest times of the year for food pantries.

For people like Sandra Verhoven, she says when money is tight, bills come before a holiday meal list, "I got the turkey; what my family does is that one person provides the meat."

This year, Verhoven says that turkey will be coming from the St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha.

Executive director, Monica Clare, says each week the pantry serves nearly 5,000 people, "This is something we do all the time."

Clare says the pantry is always in need of donations, but especially during the holiday season, "Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, all of that. We're always in need those good foods."

  • For information on you can help donate to the St. Joseph Food Program, click here.
  • For information on donating to Paul's Pantry, click here.

From the Fox Valley to Green Bay.

Craig Robbins, executive director at Paul's Pantry, says they're looking for additional items to stock their shelves, "Really, looking for anything that you would on your Christmas table, that's what we are in need of."

Robbins says they're also accepting venison, "We'll take any wild game donation, so if you're cleaning out your freezer from last year's hunt, to make room for this year's hunt, we'll take the frozen meat."

And back in Menasha, as Verhoven picks up a few remaining items, she says she's thankful for the help that's available, "I have enough, and that's just fine."

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