Oconomowoc food pantry opens doors to those in need

CREATED Dec 18, 2012

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OCONOMOWOC - The Abundant Life Food Pantry in Oconomowoc has an open heart to those in need. Clients can get everything from canned goods and detergent to pasta and pancake mix. Forty volunteers keep the pantry in order, unloading food and stocking the shelves.

Karen Kassens is a volunteer at the pantry.  She admits, "Everyone was amazed at the number of people having problems in the Waukesha County area."
 
The Abundant Life Food Pantry has gotten a lot of support from local businesses including Waterstone Bank and Roundy's Incorporated. Roundy's recently donated a commercial sized freezer.

Steve Keilley says volunteers want to make sure clients feel comfortable. "I find the difficult thing we wrestle with is people are embarrassed to ask for help if you've had a living and now you don't have a salary, where do you turn to?"
 
It's a service for humanity that makes those working at the Abundant Life Food Pantry feel great. They know they are loading their shelves with love. As Keilley puts it, "To watch them drive off with a smile on their face, that's like Christmas all year round."