by Linda Bergholz

Spring in the Midwest – we’ve seen sunshine, flowers, heavy rain, crazy wind and even snow!

As we move into a new season, we always have fresh hope. But many of our clients are facing the same issues that plagued them through the winter. Unpaid bills and rising food and shelter costs continue to weigh on their minds.

Spring is the time of our annual Feed The Hungry campaign, which brings hope that LIFE clients will have a brighter season.

This year we are changing the name to better reflect what we do – it’s more than food. While food donations are important, monthly pledges from the community and business partners help us buy needed perishables such as milk, eggs, and cheese but also does so much more. Financial donations allow us to pay emergency financial assistance for items such as rent, utilities, prescription medicines, and maintenance for vehicles, so clients can continue to live safely in their homes and have reliable transportation for work.

You will receive information next month about this important campaign, and how you can be a LIFEsaver* with just the click of a button from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere. We make it easy for to make a monthly donation, would you please consider it? Of course, we welcome one-time donations as well, which is also easy to do online. You can also drop a check in the mail or bring it by in person – we love to show off our pantry! 

Spring cleaning is just around the corner!  We need cleaning products such as window and floor products, all-purpose cleaners, paper towels, bathroom cleaning products, anything you use to make your house fresh and clean. When you pick up supplies for your home, please consider adding a few additional items to donate to the pantry.

Linda Bergholz is the Executive Director of the LIFE Food Pantry. Find out more and how to help @

*LIFE is so thankful for our LIFEsavers, who provide an ongoing monthly contribution to help our neighbors in need. If you’d like to learn more about donating and being a LIFEsaver, visit our

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