Rita Dufour: Blessed to Be a Pantry Volunteer

I have been a volunteer at the pantry for about 10 years. I’m a member of St. Norbert College Parish. I sing in the choir and I am active in a number of parish ministries. I was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and graduated from St. Norbert College and never left the area. I live in Ashwaubenon. I have one son. Brian and his wife, Candace, have two daughters: Madalyn, 14, finishing eighth grade and Alisha, 12, finishing sixth grade. They live in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Career in Accounting Education

My profession was accounting and income tax, but my career was 30 years of teaching in the Accounting Program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. I still work during the income tax season, even though I have been retired from teaching since 2010.

Embroidery, Biking & Traveling

I am a member of the Green Bay Area Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America and enjoy a variety of embroidery forms. I enjoy biking. I have an e-bike, and that helps keep me confident that I can go the distance! I enjoy traveling to North Carolina and just about anywhere. In October 2022, I spent two weeks in the Holy Land and just recently returned from Zambia, Africa.

Being a Pantry Volunteer is a Blessing

I look forward to my time at the Hope Center Pantry each month, and I loved working with all the volunteers organizing the food from the recent food drives. It’s a blessing to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the lives of people in our community.

Schedule a Pantry Volunteer Visit Today

Contact us about volunteer opportunities or to schedule a visit to the pantry to experience volunteerism first-hand. The pantry is open 1-3pm Monday through Thursday at 505 Clinton St. Green Bay. Read the How You Can Help information to learn more. Volunteers provide an essential service to those in need in the Green Bay area. Thank you, Rita, and all of the volunteers at Hope Center Pantry.

Hunger on the Rise: Pantry Serves 2,319 Individuals in May

Janice and Chris Clemens sort donations at Hope Center Pantry
Hope Center Pantry Directors Chris and Janice Clemens
Photo by Timothy Mayer Artworks

Just when we thought our number of clients coming to Hope Center Pantry reached a high, the month of May 2023 really surprised us. We served 593 clients for a total of 2,319 family members! Compare this to our January 2023 outreach to 471 clients and 1,774 family members. Hunger is on the rise in Green Bay, Wisconsin!

Reduction in Food Shares/Food Stamps

Our clients tell us time and time again how much they appreciate the assistance they receive from the Hope Center Pantry. The food donations we provide allow them to feed their family nutritious meals. They are definitely feeling the recent reduction in their Food Shares/Food Stamps monies.

Thanks to Hope Center Pantry Volunteers

We are so grateful to have dedicated volunteers that show up day after day with such eagerness and understanding to give our clients a helping hand. Contact us to donate, volunteer, or request food assistance. Hope Center Pantry is open from 1-3pm Monday through Thursday at 505 Clinton St. Green Bay. Additionally, military veterans and active-duty personnel can pick up free food from 3-5pm on the second and third Tuesdays of the month.

The Joy of Giving: 20th Annual Baby Shower for Love Life

`0 women attend Baby shower for Love Life

By Karen Palluconi

We are a group of retired ladies that enjoy shopping for babies and children. Most of us are now grandmothers so we have discovered a beautiful way to acknowledge our shopping experience through hosting a “Baby Shower for Love Life” each year.

The tradition started about 20 years ago when a group of us met at someone’s home, and each of us brought small articles of clothing or books or toys to donate to Love Life. We had such a good time that we decided to repeat the experience the following year and every subsequent year since then.

Our baby shower each year begins with lunch and fellowship at a local restaurant, followed by a display of “show and tell” where we display what we bought. Through the years, our baby shower gifts have become more elaborate with purchasing winter coats and many new and used items of clothing such as outfits, tops, pants as well as diapers, wipes, formula, etc. After our luncheon and display of purchases, the items are loaded into my car’s trunk and back seat.

This year 10 ladies attended, including Sister Pat from the Quad Parishes. A lady who could not attend sent a check and made a blanket for the layettes.

The camaraderie of sharing a meal and sharing our joy of giving to Love Life makes a beautiful afternoon even more beautiful.

Clothing for baby shower for Love Life
Clothing for baby shower for Love Life
Clothing for baby shower for Love Life