Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

At it again
Locals lead effort to help feed needy

by Lisa Seiser

December 08, 2011

On the heels of a successful effort that provided more than 300 Thanksgiving turkey dinners to the area’s less fortunate, the Stinebrinks and the Lake Geneva Jaycees are at it again.

Matt Stinebrink announced Monday that he is hoping to raise funds for 1,000 ham dinners for Christmas.

The drill is very similar to the Thanksgiving effort. At Piggly Wiggly, from now and throughout December, people can donate to help pay for a $29.99 ham dinner for the needy. Donations can be any amount from $1 all the way to paying for the entire meal. The dinner includes ham, rolls, sweet potatoes, marshmallows, pineapple, stuffing, vegetables, summer sausage, soda, gravy, whipped cream and apple pie.

Stinebrink said he was thankful for the efforts last month and wants to up the ante this time around.

Calling it “Lake Geneva’s 12 Days of Christmas Ham Drive” to feed the less fortunate, Stinebrink wants to involve more businesses in the effort.

So, he hopes, starting Monday, Dec. 12 area businesses will put out donation boxes to help collect more money, which all will be used to purchase more ham dinners. He said he has plans to send out information to the local Chamber of Commerce organizations, which he hopes will help involve more businesses.

Stinebrink said the need is evident.

Between the Lake Geneva Food Pantry and the W.C. Food Pantry, they serve about 750 families per month.

That’s why Stinebrink, who came up with the idea on his way to work at Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly in Kenosha, wants to raise enough to pay for 1,000 dinners. All the food will be given to the two pantries for them to give out to the families in the coming weeks.

Stinebrink said in two weeks of the turkey drive, 300 dinners were raised. He believes with the inclusion of local businesses, more can be done.

“People just don’t realize how many less fortunate there are in the county,” he said.