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May 11, 2018

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May 11, 2018 • Milwaukee County Post • 5 By CATHERINE JOZWIK Special to the Post CUDAHY — Since 1968, Project Concern, 4611 S. Kirkwood Ave., in the lower level of Nativity of the Lord Parish, has been serving low-income residents in St. Francis and Cudahy. The organization's 50th anniversary was commemo- rated with an open house last month. "We started off in a closet. Now we have the whole lower level of the parish," said Debby Pizur, agency director for Project Concern and Cudahy/St.Francis Interfaith Program for the Elderly. Eighty regular volunteers and two part-time employ- ees help the organization serve an average of 1,050 Cudahy and St. Francis resi- dents per month. Pizur said many more vol- unteers help on a seasonal or one-time basis. In addition to a food pantry, Project Concern pro- vides job postings, school supplies for young children through college students, homebound deliveries, and even a birthday gift pro- gram for children 17 and under. The organization also offers referrals for housing, respite care and more. "Anyone that walks in with a question, we will try to find an answer for them," Pizur said. The organization distrib- uted more than 400,000 pounds of food last year. "I can't even guess how many clothes. It's a lot," she said. Despite the improving economy, the number of res- idents being helped remains stable. Unlike other food pantries, Project Concern allows those in need to select food items of their choice. According to Pizur, the organization uses the United States Department of Agriculture's MyPlate model, which focuses on eat- ing healthier foods contain- ing less added sugar, sodium and saturated fat. "We have more fresh fruits and vegetables than a typi- cal pantry," she said. In conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers nationwide food drive, Project Concern will be collecting and sort- ing food items from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The organization will also host an electronic recycling drive June 2 and a free bene- fit concert at St. Mark's Lutheran Church June 3. To donate to, or volunteer with, Project Concern Cudahy/St. Francis, visit After 50 years, Project Concern continues to assist Cudahy, St. Francis residents SOUTH SHORE Submitted photo Visitors help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Project Concern Cudahy/St. Francis during an open house last month at its Kirkwood Avenue location. On Saturday, Project Concern will host a food collection. Donations aid low-income residents Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19 9am-5pm 414-384-3520 • Email - Venta de Plantas Grace Community Grace Ev. Lutheran Church Shop our Pre-Memorial Day Plant Sale 249152360 3030 West Oklahoma Avenue (Parking Lot) Hanging Baskets Geraniums Vegetables Foliage Borders Bedding Plants ANNUAL PLANT SALE! Bring a friend All are Welcome!

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