On Wednesday, December 6th, the New Hope UMC Food Pantry in rural De Soto received a wonderful Christmas blessing! The food pantry was presented with a $1,000 check from the Vernon Communications Cooperative to aid in the fight against hunger in the Driftless Region. The donation was a part of Vernon Communications' annual "Season of Giving" campaign through which they make $1,000 donations to various food pantries across their service area.

This year's recipients included food pantries at: Bethel Butikk (in Westby), Cashton Cupboard & Closet, La Farge Free Methodist, Living Faith (in Viroqua), New Hope & Viola United Methodist. The funds that the New Hope UMC Food Pantry received are greatly appreciated by everyone who walks through the doors of the pantry, and will greatly help the mission. The food also receives extra blessings from surrounding congregations this time of the year.

The food pantry also receives extra blessings from surrounding congregations this time of the year. Recently, members of the Freeman Lutheran Church (rural Ferryville) donated 957 pounds of turkeys and hams to the food pantry to be distributed to area families during the Thanksgiving holiday. Other area congregations also help the pantry by collecting donations as their monthly or quarterly missions. Jeffery Nelson from New Hope UMC said, “So while the food pantry is based in the New Hope UMC, it is empowered by many others to amplify it's reach across southwestern Vernon, and northwestern Crawford counties. Thank you to everyone who supports the New Hope UMC Food Pantry through your prayers, donations, and hard work! Together, we are making an impact in the fight against hunger right here in the Driftless Region!”