CF of the Lake Challenge Grant Pays Off in 3 Months

Pictured (from left): Trenny Garrett, CFL Past President; Marvin Silliman, CFL President, Marvin & Lucile Family Foundation; Lucile Silliman, Marvin & Lucile Family Foundation; Judy Wimmer, Share the Harvest Food Pantry Director; Lynn Griswold, CFL board member; Norman Wimmer, Share the Harvest Food Pantry

From the Community Foundation of the Lake

In September, Marvin and Lucile Silliman issued a challenge grant through the Community Foundation of the Lake that matched dollar-for-dollar (up to $5,000) any donations made to Share the Harvest Food Pantry. On Dec. 5, Marvin Silliman-the newly elected president of the CFL-announced that the challenge had been met and the Marvin & Lucile Family Foundation and Share the Harvest had turned $5,000 into $10,000 in less than three months.

The Community Foundation of the Lake and Marvin and Lucile Silliman presented Share the Harvest Food Pantry director Judy Wimmer and husband Norman with a check for $10,000 on Dec. 13, helping make it possible for Share the Harvest to continue serving families and individuals in need throughout the lake area.

Share the Harvest Food Pantry, a 501(c)3 organization, currently serves between 700 to 800 families per month, or more than 2,400 individuals. They serve the Camden County area by providing food for people that qualify according to guidelines established by the government. Individuals and families come to choose approximately 28 lbs. of food per person once a month. Share the Harvest is now giving out 60,000 pounds of food per month and receives food from The Food Bank for Central & Northwest Missouri, and USDA Commodities.  Due to the economic downturn resources from the food banks have been dramatically reduced.  This challenge was issued to the lake area community with the expectation of helping fill the gap left by a failing economy.

“Since retiring, we became aware of the great need right here in our own backyard,” Silliman said. “Share the Harvest Food Pantry is very well managed and no dollars are wasted. Judy and Norman WImmer have done an excellent job in managing the facility and were instrumental in making this challenge grant a success.”

“The Community Foundation of the Lake along with Share the Harvest Food Pantry would like to thank all the individuals and organizations that helped us meet this challenge so that people who so desperately need food in our area can continue to be helped,” Silliman added.

Wimmer concluded by expressing her confidence in the Community Foundation of the Lake. “Our community is a better place to live because of the Community Foundation of the Lake’s concern for the needs of all citizens.  Challenge Grants allow individual community members and organizations a chance to work together in charitable giving.  THANK YOU!”

Groups, individuals and businesses can participate in the Community Foundation of the Lake by contacting President, Marvin Silliman at (573) 374-7128, or by mailing requests or contributions to Community Foundation of the Lake, PO Box 1413, Lake Ozark, MO, 65049.

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