(The following Letter to the Editor has been submitted by Jessica Schmitt of Fort Atkinson):
"As we approach the holiday season with an increase in COVID-19 numbers, let's work together to bring food security to our communities. Food pantries are in desperate need of dairy products like milk, cheese, and butter.
About two years ago, the "10 Gallon Challenge" became a widespread effort. This trend consisted of purchasing ten gallons of milk and donating it to a local food party. Fortunately, enough, my family was able to participate and donate a variety of 1%, 2%, whole, skim, and chocolate milk. Each gallon was purchased at Huber's Store and donated to the Greater Area Food Pantry in Calmar.
While engaging in this trend is inspiring and full of goodwill, we should all try to do more. With COVID-19, families are in need of high-quality foods more than ever. Dairy products will be able to supply these people the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
According to Joann Roney at the Greater Area Food Pantry, clients receive one gallon of milk a week. Recently, they have been able to supply butter and cheese, but are struggling to keep up with the demand. The pantry serves about 80 clients throughout the week.
It has been two years since the 10 Gallon Challenge arose, but our area food pantries are in need of products all the time. This giving season, think of those in your community who need help the most. If you are interested in donating or volunteering at the Greater Area Food Pantry, call (563) 419-6024."