PWA Plans 23rd Annual Food Drive To Benefit Paul's Pantry

Usually when I head to the Lambeau Field Atrium, it is to support the Packers as they take on an opponent. On Sept. 29, it was for a very different reason. Laura Hawk and I headed into the Atrium to film a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Packers Women's Association Annual Food drive to benefit Paul's Pantry and the residents of Brown County. The PWA is again teaming up with Festival Foods for the effort this year. The filming took only 15 minutes and the final PSA is about 30 seconds, but it is vital in promoting the food drive and getting the community involved in such a great cause.

It can be daunting to stare down the lens of a video camera and to recite your lines, hoping that they will all sound great, but when I remember the lives that it will help, it is worth it. When the opportunity arises, it is important to step out of the comfort zone to help those around us, and there are many around us that need our help.

Craig Robbins, director of Paul's Pantry, understands what the PWA food drive means to more than 13,000 individuals in Brown County. Robbins mentioned that the need in Brown County for Paul's Pantry has risen 13 percent over the past year. "Without the PWA Food Drive it would be very difficult to make it through the winter months," Robbins stated. During the year Paul's Pantry serves 4,500 families, and relies solely on private donations.

Paul's Pantry has definitely been affected by the changing economy and is in need of more donations each year. Robbins explained that there are families who previously needed assistance once a month, but now need to come in each week due to changing circumstances. Donations from the community are needed to ensure that Paul's Pantry can continue to serve these families through the winter.

On Oct. 18 at the Packers-Lions game, PWA volunteers are looking forward to mingling with fans in the parking lot and being at the gates to collect monetary donations. The fans have always been extremely generous and welcoming. Each year tailgaters offer the PWA volunteers drinks and food as we make our way through the lot with the opportunity to win autographed Packers memorabilia. For each donation of five non-perishable food items or $5, fans will receive a random-drawing ticket for a chance to win an autographed mini-helment.All of the proceeds will go to Paul's Pantry as they continue to serve our community.

Fans, we're asking you to please bring your non-perishable food items to the stadium on Oct. 18, and if you can, donate a few dollars to the effort as well. We greatly appreciate all that this community continues to give. Your donations are what make the food drive a success year after year.

Megan Colledge, wife of Packers offensive lineman Daryn Colledge, will be providing regular updates on of the many PWA events and activities throughout the 2009 season.

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