Beyond Blessed Pantry was established August 2018 as a 501(c)3 corporation. Our mission is to “Treat every individual with dignity and respects 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 area. 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 expect to serve more individuals in 2020.
We are partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank in Madison, Wisconsin to supply much of the deeply discounted food. All of our food and supplies are supplied by donations. All of our labor is volunteers.
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.
Leaders of Beyond Blessed is are committed Christ followers who are motivated to love and serve the community.
Treat every individual with dignity and respects 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 attendees 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
Commodities purchase $ 1,000
Rent and utilities 2,500
Executive Director Salary 1,000
Walk-in Freezer 20,000
Food samples with recipes