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Waukesha neighborhood holding annual food drive for county pantry on Saturday

Three subdivisions participating in the 11th annual event

Dec. 6, 2012

When Dave Rebro stopped by the Food Pantry of Waukesha County 11 years ago to drop off a check for the organization on behalf of a few neighborhood families, he and the others he was with - especially the children - couldn't believe what they were seeing.

They saw a parking lot filled to capacity. And they saw a line that wasn't getting shorter.

"We were all so surprised that day how the clients looked and dressed just like us," said Rebro of Waukesha, who was part of a group who decided to donate money to the organization over a Thanksgiving meal. "It really hit home that a situation could easily arise that could put any one of us in that receiving line. That really opened our eyes and touched our hearts.”

So much so, that they started a community-wide effort to help those families who are using the Food Pantry.

They officially launched the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food and Fund drive the year after, and a decade later their effort is going strong.

This year's drive is scheduled from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the subdivisions of Tall Grass, Rolling Ridge and Meadowbrook.

Rebro and Waukesha resident Shannon Majewski are coordinators of the event, which encourages residents of the subdivisions to leave groceries on their porches or at the end of their driveways on Saturday morning.

Later that day, children from the neighborhood will collect the food with help from adult family members. Monetary contributions via checks should be made out to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.

"We all wanted to give back to the community and we all thought it could also be a valuable lesson for the children to learn," Rebro said on the original goal of the drive.

According to a press release from the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, the drive has accounted for contributions in excess of 30 tons of food and more than $24,000 for the Food Pantry.

“The efforts of the Neighbors Helping Neighbors group show that we live within a community that cares about all people," said Karen Tredwell, executive director of the Food Pantry of Waukesha County. "Their generosity and hard work touches the lives of thousands of families who seek assistance through the pantry.”

Tredwell said the Food Pantry, located at 1301 Sentry Drive in the City of Waukesha, provides food to an average of 1,450 people per week.

To participate in this year’s food drive, visit their website, www.nhnfooddrive.org, or contact Rebro at (262) 513-2833 or rebrod@tallin.com.

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