On a Saturday morning recently I had the privilege of helping six other volunteers at the Baraboo Food Pantry. Kandie Beckwith, a member of our church and board member of the pantry, arranged for me to visit the pantry and learn more about it. This ministry was once housed in the basement of our church building but it outgrew the space. Food is distributed between 9 and 11 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays (along with other times during the week). The Baraboo Food Pantry – located in the St. Vincent de Paul building on Broadway – is an extremely efficient operation! It is probably the most well-organized food pantry of any I’ve seen over my ministry. The on-the-job training I received was excellent. Soon I was put to work escorting families around the pantry to fill their shopping carts. Here are some needs that the Pantry currently has:
- Small bags of laundry soap are appreciated.
- Volunteers are needed on an on-going basis (Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday nights and two Saturdays a month).
- Volunteers are needed Mondays and Wednesday mornings starting November 14 to pick up bags of non-persishable items at Pierce’s and bring them to the pantry. Sign up on the sheet in Fellowship Hall by November 13.
- Call 608-356-4649 for more information on volunteering.
Thank you to all First UMC Baraboo members who have been or are currently volunteers at the Baraboo Food Pantry. Thank you also for supporting the Thanksgiving food drive, which is another way to bless the Food Pantry clients.
I am blessed to be part of the good things God is doing in this world, through the ministry of First United Methodist Church.
Grace and peace.
Pastor Marianne Cotter