Falls Kiwanis Club bags ton of food

by Verla Peichl Falls News Correspondent

MEMBERS OF THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS KIWANIS Club were joined by John and Jean Blattner after learning they had met their goal for the Ton of Food Campaign. A large shopping cart was filled to teh brim with extras on the side. Pictured left to right are (first row) Dr. Christine Tempas (chairperson), Maryann Dolson, Dorothy Schueffner, Tim Gumm (co0chair); (second row) Carl Paul, Randy Meyer (club president), Kenny Maurer, Chris Audino, Shirl Breunig, Jean Blattner; (third row) John Blattner, Greg Monson, Lee Gumm, Dave Wessel. - Falls News photo by Verla PeichlMEMBERS OF THE SHEBOYGAN FALLS KIWANIS Club were joined by John and Jean Blattner after learning they had met their goal for the Ton of Food Campaign. A large shopping cart was filled to teh brim with extras on the side. Pictured left to right are (first row) Dr. Christine Tempas (chairperson), Maryann Dolson, Dorothy Schueffner, Tim Gumm (co0chair); (second row) Carl Paul, Randy Meyer (club president), Kenny Maurer, Chris Audino, Shirl Breunig, Jean Blattner; (third row) John Blattner, Greg Monson, Lee Gumm, Dave Wessel. - Falls News photo by Verla PeichlThe Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club concluded their six-week long “Ton of Food” collection project March 13. The planning began in January with several club members organizing what they hoped to be a recurring effort in the community. Their final efforts and collections have brought them to a total weight just over 3,000 pounds.

This feat was completed only because of the hard work of the Kiwanis Club and the generosity of the community. In all, there were seven drop-off locations throughout Sheboygan Falls and Kohler that made it convenient for donors to participate.

January through March is the most challenging time of the year for the local food pantry, so the Kiwanis Club chose Feb. 1 as its kick-off date. Kiwanis’ giant grocery cart was placed at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly store where it provided awareness and drew attention to the food drive.

The cart, which was built in 2003, has become an icon and recognizable mainstay for food pantry collections. However, after many years of service in local parades, it needed a facelift and was given a coat of fresh paint.

Club members worked daily shifts at Blattner’s. They wore an informational “sandwich board,” welcomed patrons, distributed fliers that explained the project and answered any questions the shoppers had.

On March 5, a dozen Kiwanis members, spouses and Key Club members canvassed the city, going doorto door seeking donations. A total of 479 pounds of food were collected during that fun evening.

The capstone of the project concluded Tuesday, March 13, with Kiwanis’ Community Pizza Night at Falls Firehouse Pizza, to which those attending were encouraged to bring a food donation for the pantry.

After all of the final collections were tallied, the total weight was just over 3,000 pounds. Dr. Christine Tempas, project chairperson, and Tim Gumm, co-chair, were delighted in the final results and, equally delighted, that every one of the club’s 30 regular members contributed in some way.

Mostly, the club is thankful to the people of Sheboygan Falls and Kohler areas for the outpouring of support and charity, and also, to the businesses that partnered in their project: John, Jean and Jake Blattner - Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly; Karen Lind – Kohler and Fond du Lac Avenue Q Marts; Shirl Breunig – Chamber Main Street Office; Ken Yurk – Woodlake Market; Amber Averkamp – Broadway Street Q Mart; Scott Gehrig – Sheboygan Falls Library; Fred Huether – Sheboygan Falls YMCA; Beth Wingert – Promiseland Kids (First Reformed Church); Melissa Sandvig – Girl Scout Troop 8059 and Dorothy Schueffner – Falls Firehouse Pizza.

Tempas and Gumm also want to thank the club president, Randy Meyer, for his challenge and enthusiasm in making the project a success and Rae-Ellen Weber and Chris Audino for working with the Key Club.


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