Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

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The public again is being invited to help the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry get it's part of a $1 million challenge grant from the Feinstein Foundation.

This is the 18th year Alan Feinstein has offered the money to U.S. food pantries.

Rhinelander Executive Director Guy Hansen says how successful the local pantry is will determine how much they receive...

The Rhinelander Food Pantry has set its first distribution date at its new facility for Saturday, October 4th.

The organization is moving to a larger space on Coon Street that it says will be much more functional. 

As Food Pantry Director Guy Hansen explains, it’s been a busy few weeks, with major construction projects getting completed at the new site.  Contractors and dozens of volunteers have put on a new roof and installed a large dividing wall. 

The Rhinelander Food Pantry has gotten the OK from the state to move ahead with major structural changes to its new building. 

The food pantry will have more space at its new Coon Street location, but first the roof needs replacing.

Director Guy Hansen says now that state approval has come in, building plans are moving ahead. 

Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is beginning renovations on its new space.  But as WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, it’s still waiting for state approval to move ahead with some structural changes planned for the building.

The Rhinelander food pantry is moving to a larger location on Coon Street, in a building vacated by the natural foods grocery store Golden Harvest. 

Food Pantry Manager Jane Motowski says there’s a lot of work to be done to make the space ready. 

Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

The Rhinelander Food Pantry got a step closer to a new home Monday, as the Golden Harvest grocery store opened its new location.  But there’s still a few months of work ahead before the food pantry can open its new doors.

The old Golden Harvest grocery building on Coon Street sits nearly empty, as the store finishes a move to a new building more than twice as large.  Golden Harvest owner Timothy Conjurske says until now the store was bursting at the seams.

 The Aspirus Health Foundation in Wausau has granted the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry to support it's weekend food programs for youth. The Foundation award was $3,000. Executive Director Kalynn Pempeck says supporting the Pantry's weekend Backpack Program  fits into the Foundation's efforts...  

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   The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is participating in a $1 million national challenge to raise money for local pantries. Executive Director Guy Hansen says the Alan Feinstein Foundation will grant to the Rhinelander pantry in proportion to what is raised locally during March and April. Hansen says the donations include cash, checks and food items...  

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Rhinelander will soon be home to a new food pantry.  Ruby’s Pantry is slated to make a large delivery of surplus and donated food once a month. 

Organizer Chrissy Peterson says she originally had trouble finding the right space to house what could be thousands of pounds of food and hundreds of people.   Eventually she found Grace Foursquare Church on Highway 17. 

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is more than halfway to its fundraising goal for moving to a new location.  St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Rhinelander has donated $25,000 to help the food pantry buy a new building. 

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says it’s the capitol campaign’s largest donation so far. 

“We have had two or three major donations.  But mostly they’re donations of anywhere from one hundred to a thousand dollars typically.” 

Salvation Army USA West

Grocery stores and shopping centers aren’t the only places seeing heavy traffic this time of year. 

Rhinelander Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says demand goes up during the holidays.

“Our business increases – we have a lot of people that come in, when they wouldn’t come in other times of the year, because they’re preparing for holidays, company and so on.  And money’s always a little short at this time of the year.” 

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