For the City Times
The Neighborhood Table, a free community meal program, and the South Wood Emerging Pantry Shelf (SWEPS) have partnered for the eighth time since April of 2015 with Feeding America of Eastern Wisconsin to bring another mobile food pantry to Wisconsin Rapids.
Each mobile pantry provides a total of about 12,000 meals for residents in the community.
The event will take place in the south parking lot of the United Methodist Church, 441 Garfield Street, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.
This mobile food pantry will be handled the same as the other pantries held this year: Participants are to:
-Preregister by selecting an available time slot at http://www.theneighborhoodtable.org or call 715-422-2050 weekdays between the hours of 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
-Show proof of south Wood County residency via a current driver’s license or recent utility bill.
-Qualify for any of the various food assistance programs such as SNAP/Food Share/Quest, free and reduced lunches, WIC, etc.
-Participants are asked to bring sturdy containers for the food they will be given.
-On day of event, participants should come to the pantry no earlier than their confirmed time slot. This is to avoid traffic congestion that has occurred in the past.
-Those who come to the pantry without being preregistered will be turned away and asked to come back after 4 pm to get food if it is still available. We share not only a meal, but also an atmosphere of hospitality and mutual respect.
Details of this and future mobile food pantries are promoted on The Neighborhood Table’s Facebook page, www.theneighborhoodtable.org and the Facebook page of SWEPS of Wisconsin Rapids. It should be noted this will be the last mobile pantry for this year. TNT and SWEPS are working to secure funding sources for pantries to be held 2017.