How a community came together

Cedar Grove-Belgium provides food to those in need
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

It didn’t take Cedar Grove-Belgium Elementary School counselor Sally Ketterhagen long to try to look for new ways to help families once school went online due to the coronavirus, and the community equaled her speed in its response time.

Within the first few days she was working from home, Ketterhagen heard from a teacher that two students had both parents lose their jobs in one day.

That night, Ketterhagen asked someone from her church if the Cedar Grove Food Pantry would continue its monthly distribution and if there was another way to get food to families in need.

The next day, Ketterhagen got in contact with the Cedar Grove Food Pantry and Sheboygan Food Bank and soon had secured 100 boxes of food.

The mobile food pantry was soon born.

“Things just really came together quickly and easily,” Ketterhagen said.

Interim Supt. Claire Martin helped with logistics and how to distribute food with guidelines from the state and public health department.

“We have taken careful measures in setting this up to ensure that safety is a priority. The food is already boxed up and will be distributed within the guidelines of social distancing,” Ketterhagen said.

The mobile food pantry is an extension of the Cedar Grove Food Pantry, which is organized by Faith Reformed Church in Cedar Grove. It is staffed by local churches and distributes food on the second Thursday of the month.

The plan, Ketterhagen said, was to hold the mobile food pantry on the same day the school district offers its free lunches to all people, regardless of financial situation or if they are district residents.

Picking up food can be done while maintaining social distancing, she said.

“We ask that individuals stay in their vehicles whenever possible and simply pop their trunk or open a van door so we can load the food in their vehicle for them,” she said.

Athletic Director Scott Parsons stepped in to help distribute food.

“It has been awesome,” Parsons said. “It just makes you feel so good that you’re able to help people who really, really need it.”

The mobile food pantry hands out meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the School District Office. People who can’t make that time may email Ketterhagen at sketterhagen@cgbrockets.com.

The district provides lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at the middle school and Belgium Fire Department.

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