In 2020 we ended up serving the most Sheboygan County families in our organization’s history. To make sure we met the needs of our neighbors, we responded by adding programs and staff members, helping our partner food pantries safely adjust their distribution methods, opening our Sheboygan Cares Drive-Thru Food Pantry to distribute the USDA’s Farmers to Families food boxes, and purchasing tens of thousands of pounds of food – to name a few.
Thousands more families relied on emergency food that we supplied through our network of partner food pantries, shelters, low-income senior housing sites, schools, and other organizations, climbing to as many as 9,465 families served at food pantries within just one month in 2020 (almost triple the amount of families served compared to January 2020). We also faced the unique challenge of serving many more of our neighbors while also losing out on significant food donations from our partner food drive events, community food drives, and grocery store gleaning program.
We’re incredibly grateful for our community’s support through volunteerism and donations. Because of the outpouring support, we were able to effectively respond to the COVID-19 crisis in 2020. As the calendar flips to a new year and we continue to navigate this uncertain time, we remain dedicated to working together and rising to the opportunity to help our neighbors when they need it most.