Special to EagleHerald/Dana Stanglmaier
Two weeks' worth of food from the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Marinette. 65 families were given boxes like this one Wednesday, with some receiving more if their family had four or more members.
 
Special to EagleHerald/Dana Stanglmaier

Two weeks' worth of food from the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Marinette. 65 families were given boxes like this one Wednesday, with some receiving more if their family had four or more members.

 

MARINETTE — The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Marinette is remaining open to help people in need of food, but changing the way it distributes the food.

Executive Director Dana Stanglmaier said the pantry will be changing the way food is picked up slightly during the COVID-19 shutdown period. She said the pantry will now operate on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. She said the pantry will provide food for two weeks at a time. Because of the increased need, she said the pantry will be serving clients based on the first letter of their last name: A-L this past Wednesday and on April 8, and M-Z on April 1 and 15.

On Wednesday, Stanglmaier said there were two lines of cars that stopped at the pantry, totaling 65 that visited by the end of the day. Each of those cars picked up food for two weeks, and she said, “Some got more if their family was more than four members.”

According to Stanglmaier, the whole thing went smoothly. “People were very happy and patient. After the ‘Safer At Home’ order, we expect more people next week, more lay-offs, more uncertainty, but more hope,” she said.

She said the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and the donation center needed to be closed in compliance with CDC recommendations and the order from Gov. Tony Evers to close non-essential businesses. “The store, our main source of revenue to sustain the food pantry and maintain a skeleton crew to serve those most in need, is closed until further notice. We can only count on generous donors to help us serve those who are struggling; maybe someone you know,” she said.

“Sadly, as people hoard groceries and other essential supplies, the amount of food donations has decreased,” Stanglmaier said. “For this reason, any amount that people can donate will increase our ability to continue buying and distributing food to those in need.”

Those who want to donate food or money to the pantry can bring their donations around the back of the St. Vincent de Paul building to have it picked up by a crew member. Those who are interested in making a monetary donation online can follow this link: https://donate.keela.co/st-vincent-de-paul-society-of-marinette/2019