The state of the economy in the country has put stress on the Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry recently, but a $10,000 donation from the Village of Menomonee Falls should be a big help.
The Village Board on Monday approved a $10,000 grant that will be donated to the food pantry to supplement food donations. The grant was paid in part with the closing of tax incremental financing district #3, and from the village’s 2007 general fund operating surplus.
The new building for the pantry is ready to go, and a cleaning service was at the site Monday preparing the building for the move. Workers will continue the moving process this week, and should be finished by the beginning of August.
“With your authorization tonight, I’ll proceed with this immediately with the food pantry and we’ll get the grant implemented,” said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.
The pantry organizers will be required to file regular reports with the village as part of the grant agreement.
Construction of the 2,400-square-foot distribution center at the pantry's new location, N85W15382 Menomonee River Pkwy, started earlier this summer. The Village donated a former Water Department building that is attached to the new distribution center. To compensate for the new project and increased utilities bills, the pantry needs to raise about $200,000.
With this recent donation the pantry is edging closer to its goal. It is more than ¾ of the way there.
The grant was approved on a night where the Village Board tied the unofficial record for the shortest meeting. According to Michael Kramsky, a Falls resident and regular board meeting attendee, the record for the Village Board's shortest meeting was 18 minutes. Board members nearly broke the record, but the minute hand struck 6:48 p.m. when the meeting was adjourned, and tied the record.
Both Randy Newman and Jeffrey Steliga were absent for the meeting Monday. Trustee Sharon Ellis sat in for Newman and ran the meeting.
The food pantry, currently located at Hiawatha School for a few more weeks, is open from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information about the food pantry, or to inquire about donating of volunteering, call (262) 251-6848.