The MISSON of BEYOND BLESSED PANTRY
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 dedication to serve our communities.
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 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 paperwork for Second Harvest for all pantry activities.
Fundraise and apply for grants
Beyond Blessed Pantry was established in 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. In 2018, Beyond Blessed Pantry was established.
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 served more than 20,000 households.
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 joined 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 train all-volunteer staff. Each week of service 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.
Board Members of Beyond Blessed have committed Christ followers who are motivated to love and serve the community.