Beyond Blessed Food Pantry is moving to a new location in Baraboo in an effort to keep costs low and the doors open.
Director Shannon Howley says the new space at 1515 Walnut St. will offer the pantry more space for a lower cost, as it struggles to find enough monthly donors.
“The reason we are moving is to be more cost-effective,” Howley said. “We’ve gotten a larger space for less money, In order to keep our doors open, we’re moving.”
Beyond Blessed, which provides non-perishable food, along with meat and produce to residents of Sauk, Columbia, Adams and Juneau counties, first moved to Baraboo in November, to a location off Highway BD.
Howley said the number of residents utilizing the pantry each month has increased dramatically, but the number of monthly donors is not increasing, making operation difficult.
“Honestly, we are in serious need of monthly financial partners or donors,” Howley said.
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The building for the new location is owned by Deppe Enterprises, a trucking company in Baraboo, and will be provided to the pantry at a lower cost than their current location, Howley said.
Deppe will also be assisting the pantry by helping move large equipment from the two locations.
The food pantry opened in 2016 in Wisconsin Dells and operates entirely on donations from individuals and businesses, Howley said.
The pantry receives most of its food from grocery stores that donates items that are still salable and safe, but the store is unable to sell such as bakery items, dented cans or imperfect produce.
The pantry is open from 5 to 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month, 5 to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday and 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. There is no limit to how many times residents may visit the pantry per month.
The pantry will open and operate in its new location for the first time from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 19.
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