Food pantry for those in need.
Geneva Shore Report Intern Jim Phillips stopped by the Mt. Zion Christian Church at 2330 Highway 120 right here in Lake Geneva. Driving around the church and up the gravel road to the trailer, you might notice that the trailer has a deck where there are volunteers grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. Everyone that comes to the food pantry is welcome to a nice lunch. When you walk in the front door, in the room to your left, there is beautiful bakery, donated by Panera Bread, and coffee where you can enjoy a nice little breakfast. The desk in the main part of the trailer is where you check in.
Everyone must fill out a Food Pantry intake form. No one is turned away who needs food. You may return every week to get more food if you need it. There are always at least a few volunteers there that will listen to people’s prayer requests and pray with them. This is not a requirement to get food, but a wonderful way for people to share their concerns with volunteers who truly care about them. The food pantry’s hours are from 9:00 am to 11:00 am every Saturday morning. Occasionally there is a rare Saturday that the food pantry is closed, but those days are posted weeks in advance. Every person who works at the food pantry is a volunteer.
There are no paid staff. Currently, Mike and Kathy Wisniewski are the Head Volunteers. They are a friendly couple that originally came to the food pantry in 2010 for help themselves and fell in love with serving others who are in need. Almost all of the volunteers were in need themselves at one time and now are helping others in need. The food pantry provides fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and some canned goods, that people are welcome to take. There is one bag that is pre-packed, which has eggs, milk and maybe meat, depending on what has been donated. There are also some toiletries available and a table set up that at this time of year has school supplies for students. The school supplies have been carefully chosen, based on lists given by the schools.
Currently, a pet food store is donating cat and dog food for those who visit the food pantry and have a dog or a cat. At Christmas, presents are given to the children who come to the food pantry. The food, toiletries, and Christmas gifts are provided either by donations of the items or by cash or check. All donations are potentially tax deductible. Please drop off items at the church or at the food pantry on Saturdays between 9:00 am and 11:00 am.
Call the church at 262-248-7097 to make sure there is someone at the church before bringing a donation. Mike and Kathy said that anyone is welcome to stop by on a Saturday morning for a tour. They are always excited about showing anyone what a truly great contribution this place is to Lake Geneva. And they are not the only ones. This last week a young boy, who was 7 or 8 years old, burst through the door smiling, and saying, “I am so glad that you’re here, because we don’t have any food left at our house.” Jim Phillips, and the GSR are now big supporters of Mt. Zion’s effort. What about you?