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Oconomowoc food pantry gives food, and a lot more, to poor

CREATED Apr 22, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 22, 2013

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OCONOMOWOC - Families in need in Waukesha County can get everything from dental service to diabetes screening, all thanks to the Abundant Life Food Pantry in Oconomowoc.

The pantry runs by volunteers who stock up on compassion.

Executive Director Steve Kielley notes, "Most people aren't aware that even in Waukesha county, 42 percent of the population lives at poverty or below."

Volunteer Karen Kassens admits, "We were amazed ourselves when we heard the numbers."

The Pantry offers more than just food.

The UW Extension teaches classes on healthy cooking. There's also a dentist and a Pro-Health Care visiting nurse to help with health screenings.

Executive Director and Pastor Steve Kielley wants clients to feel comfortable.

He explains, "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?" 

But staff members feels blessed, because they know the Abundant Life Food Pantry is lifting lives.

The pantry is looking for a vehicle to transport food.

If you would like to donate a vehicle or make a donation, send an a mail to Pastor Kielley by clicking here.