Refrigerated Truck Purchase Most Recent Success Story of Making Spirits Bright and Sheboygan County Food Bank Partnership
Sheboygan, WI (March 27, 2019)
New equipment offering distribution of fresh emergency food to 3,000 families made possible from growing partnership of two non-profit organizations.
Since 2012, the partnership between Making Spirits Bright (MSB) and Sheboygan County Food Bank (SCFB) has allowed SCFB to grow its organizational capacity, reach, and positive impact for hungry Sheboygan County families and residents. Through the seven-year-long partnership, MSB has collected 473,724 pounds of pantry items donated by the community during their annual drive through the holiday lights show. In 2018 alone, MSB and SCFB worked together to collect a record 100,451 pounds from the community during the holiday season.
In addition to the donated items – which have an impact on feeding those in need for many months – monetary contributions have allowed SCFB to obtain its first box truck and lift gate, funded the purchase of diapers and specific healthy food items, and provided overall support.
To kick off 2019, Making Spirits Bright is excited to announce that it has fully funded the purchase of a 16-foot refrigerated truck and lift gate for Sheboygan County Food Bank. This essential piece of equipment will allow SCFB to safely pick up and distribute fresh, healthy foods to its growing network of 15 partner food pantries and other partner agencies. Patrick Boyle, SCFB Executive Director, says, “Our relationship with Making Spirits Bright is truly wonderful for the community and we can’t thank them enough for their kindness and generosity. Now we will be able to accept more fresh, perishable food from generous local corporations with which we have established strong relationships.”
In addition, SCFB will be able to offer more meat, which is a highly requested item from pantries and an essential protein source for clients – especially growing children. Lastly, SCFB will continue to expand its fresh and healthy foods that fall under MyPlate guidelines, such as frozen vegetables, juice concentrates, and cheeses.
Gerry Plehn, Making Spirits Bright Board President, says, “Since the inception of Making Spirits Bright, one of the main objectives has been to provide support for the many families who are served by Sheboygan County Food Bank. From generous monetary donations during the 2018 event, we are pleased to be able to provide the much-needed refrigerated truck, which will make healthy fresh foods more available to our neighbors in need of emergency food.”
On any given day, 11,000 people in Sheboygan County struggle with hunger. Sheboygan County Food Bank leads the community by collecting and distributing healthy emergency food to its 15 partner food pantries and other partner agencies throughout Sheboygan County – at no cost – to ensure that 3,000 families don’t go hungry. To donate today, or learn more, please visit: www.sheboygancountyfoodbank.com.
Making Spirits Bright is a drive through holiday lights show choreographed to music in Evergreen Park, Sheboygan. Originally conceived and presented by the three Rotary Clubs of Sheboygan County, the event has grown to encompass volunteers from throughout the area. The focus continues to be the collection of pantry item donations for Sheboygan County Food Bank. Annually the event runs the night after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. In addition to the lights show, across the street, Quarryview Center offers visits with Santa, concessions, wreath raffles, and trolley rides. For more information, please visit: www.makingspiritsbright.com
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Gerry Plehn, Making Spirits Bright
Steering Committee Chair
Across the county, from Sheboygan to Random Lake to Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls, the food pantries, staffed by volunteers and operated by organizations such as Sheboygan County Food Bank and numerous churches, are vital to helping feed our families in need.
We need your help in 2018! There are many ways that individuals and companies can help Making Spirits Bright create another memorable and giving holiday season. We look forward to hearing from you.
Making Spirits Bright continues to grow thanks to our generous sponsors. We are still looking for companies in Sheboygan County who would like to sponsor a holiday program that gives back. We have collected over 200,000 lbs. of pantry items for the Sheboygan County food pantries since 2012.