Beyond Blessed Pantry was established August 2018 as a 501(c)3 corporation. Our mission is to “Treat every individual with dignity and respect while addressing the food scarcity issues at hand.”.
Beyond Blessed originated as Bridge Point Food Pantry in January 2016. When Bridge Point Mission Center's shared space was no longer available, we decided to continue this needed community service as an independent pantry.
We started a community outreach for the food scarcity issue for the Baraboo, Lake Delton, Wisconsin Dells, and surrounding areas. The pantry began with a once per month mobile pantry. A few months later, we added a twice per month perishable pantry to disburse the food received from the local grocers. In 2016, we assisted over 2,000 individuals. In 2018 and 2019, we served more than 6,000 individuals. We are seeing our numbers grow and we are serving more individuals in 2020 and provide services weekly.
We are partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank in Madison, Wisconsin to supply much of the discounted and wholesale priced food. All of our food and supplies are supplied by donations and purchases with donated funds. In May, 2020 we join the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee. With this membership, we are able to source additional food to help meet the needs we are having with the COVID pandemic.
We have trained and use an all volunteer staff. For each week of service, it requires about 280 volunteer hours. Each week we utilize over 60 people. Please feel free to visit our volunteer page.
We are different from the other pantries in our area, because we do not have any residency restrictions. We also allow participants to receive food at each pantry event. Since we do not receive any government funding, we have more flexibility and fewer restrictions. We do not qualify for government commodities.
Leaders of Beyond Blessed are committed Christ followers who are motivated to love and serve the community.
Treat every individual with dignity and respect while addressing the food scarcity issues at hand.
Collect food from regional grocers and order commodities from Second Harvest for distribution reflected in the mission.
Volunteers with a heart and the dedication to serve the hungry and needy in the community
Primary tasks that support the mission:
Partnering with Second Harvest regional food bank
Build and cultivate relationships with local grocers to acquire commodity donations
Maintain relationships with the Second Harvest team and Feeding America donors
Build, cultivate and maintain relationships with volunteers and volunteer organizations
Process incoming commodities following necessary requirements
Using budgetary guidelines, acquire commodities from Second Harvest and local retailers
Publicize dates and times of distribution to the public
Setup; distribute commodities, and document participants as needed for Second Harvest reporting
Complete and submit required paper work for Second Harvest for all pantry activities.
Fund raise and apply for grants
shopping carts 5,000
Food samples with recipes
Commodities purchase - October 2020
Van - November 2020
Dreams do come true
Reduction in Rent and Utilities - February 2020
Thanks to Deppe Enterprises
Walk-in Cooler - June 2020
Walk-in Freezer - July 2020