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Milwaukee-area food pantry calls for donations amid 'dramatic' increase in demand

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Posted at 8:32 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 18:25:01-05

SUSSEX — A Milwaukee-area food pantry says it is seeing a "dramatic" increase in the number of people requesting the food, clothing and other items the pantry provides.

Sussex Outreach Services, locating in Sussex, explained on social media Thursday that their operation is becoming more difficult to maintain, amid greater demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Wisconsin health officials continue to indicate that food pantries must offer only "no contact" operations until April 30, 2021.

That means Sussex and many other food pantries offer their much-needed services using drive-thrus.

Sussex says their lobby will remain closed and they are unable to accept non-food donations like clothing and household items. They are also using their entire Sussex facility for sorting and preparing items for those in need.

The food pantry also urged residents to donate items. Items can be dropped off Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon, or drop off items at their food barrels at local grocery stores.

"Our community response has been incredible. Thank you to this wonderful community for your ongoing support, sensitivity, and kindness for one another," according to the Facebook post.

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