In May, 2018, Mapledale Baptist Church launched a food pantry and became a Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin member. In just a few months, they became one of the largest members in Sheboygan County.
Sheboygan County has a population of 115,344, and roughly 7.8% of these people live in poverty (based on the US census report in 2017). Pastor Joshua Lee saw the need in his local community and has taken the lead on the Church’s food pantry.
“Our congregation believes in loving and caring for our neighbors,” Pastor Lee said. “We teamed up to open a food pantry inside our church so we could service them with free food items weekly. Without Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin providing the food items to us, serving our clients would not have been possible.”
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin donated a large pallet of various food items to help launch the pantry. In addition to food, Mapledale Baptist Church Food Pantry clients also receive clothes and occasionally toys. The pantry now serves 50 families, roughly 150 household members, every Thursday.
“It’s been amazing to see them grow so quickly in less than a year,” Tyler Younger, a Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Member Services Representative, shared. The pantry receives food from the food bank every week to distribute to their clients.
“We are glad that we are able to distribute free food to the people in our community,” Pastor Lee explained. “By helping our people, our community becomes better, lovable community to live in.”
Learn more about the Mapledale Baptist Church food pantry by visiting mapledalebaptist.org or calling 920-889-8446.
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