(Beaver Dam) The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Beaver Dam will soon play host to a new 24/7-365 food pantry. Laura Goral says the idea was birthed during the early days of the pandemic when the ReStore assisted with providing meals for area students. Since those early days, Goral says they have added baked goods, nonperishable items, and a cooler outside with Milk. She says this helps the ReStore’s neighbors not only with food inequities, but transportation issues, adding you can buy a lot of mac n cheese for the cost of a round trip taxi ride.
Goral adds that with the current setup, those in need can only receive food items when the ReStore is open, but she has a solution to that as well. It involves creating Food is Free Beaver Dam, a food pantry space within the front entry of the Madison Street business, that will remain open and accessible any time of the day year round. Ultimately, she hopes the community will get behind the project. Goral will be looking for organizations to commit to one day a week for three months to help clean the pantry and dispose of any expired items, in addition to hosting donation drives to help keep the pantry stocked.
Construction is ongoing with the goal of being fully operational sometime early in the new year.