‘Stock the Shelves’ gets boost from matching grant

Credit unions give $25,000 for pantries


November 3, 2011

APPLETON — The Post-Crescent’s “Stock The Shelves” campaign has collected enough money to earn the first of several matching grants that boost the campaign’s ability to help food pantries feed their clients.

A matching grant of up to $25,000 from the Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions has been met in the 16th annual fundraiser, which so far has collected $27,818 in readers’ donations. Combined with the matching donations from the campaign’s community partners, the total amount has reached $108,454, or just more than 39 percent of the $275,000 goal.

Matching grants from the J. J. Keller Foundation and Express Convenience Centers have yet to be met. The J. J. Keller Foundation has pledged matching grants of $35,000. Express Convenience Centers will donate 5 cents for every gallon of gas sold, up to $30,000.

“So far, this has been a strong week, and our readers and partners have met the credit unions’ matching $25,000 grant,” said Dan Flannery, The Post-Crescent’s executive editor. “We are very thankful for that support, and we’re looking forward to more support from the community.

“But time is getting short. We have less than three weeks until the scheduled end of our campaign, and we’re more than $165,000 away from meeting our goal. We urge anyone who’s thinking of donating to investigate the possibility of matching grants from their employers, in the hopes of stretching their money for a great cause.”

“Stock The Shelves,” The P-C’s largest annual Do It! Community Challenge, launched Oct. 16 and is scheduled to run through Nov. 20.

The donations help 22 Fox Valley food pantries continue to support their clients. St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha receives half of the contributions.

The fundraiser is a joint effort of all 10 Gannett Wisconsin Media markets: The P-C, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Oshkosh Northwestern, The Reporter in Fond du Lac, The Sheboygan Press, Stevens Point Journal, Daily Tribune in Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield News-Herald, Herald Times Reporter in Manitowoc and the Wausau Daily Herald. This year’s group goal is $620,000.