People in every corner of the county need a little bit of help, including those living on Washington Island. Over 20 years ago, John Davies used his experience working at one of the largest food pantries in Chicago to begin making changes at one still growing on the island to better fit the community’s needs. He oversaw the food pantry grow from a classroom at Trinity Lutheran Church to the building’s kitchen. Davies says it has been great to see the impact it has had on Washington Island.
Now organized by Dan Westbrook and Amy Rose, the Washington Island Food Pantry distributes items on the fourth Monday of every month to qualifying individuals and families. Davies says much of the food is shipped to the island, but the pantry also features extra items produced by locals such as eggs, vegetables, and cheese.