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Oshkosh Public Museum and Oshkosh Area Community Pantry Join Forces in April to Make Hunger History

The Oshkosh Public Museum (OPM) and Oshkosh Area Community Pantry (OACP) are proud to announce their partnership in the fight against hunger with the launch of the “Making Hunger History” campaign. This initiative aims to raise awareness about food insecurity in our community and provide essential support to those who need it most.

As part of the campaign, OPM will be hosting a food drive to benefit the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry. Visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to contribute to this important cause by donating new, unopened, non-perishable food or hygiene items. In exchange for their donation, visitors will receive complimentary general admission to the Museum, allowing them to enjoy the exhibits while making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Additionally, OPM and the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry will be hosting a joint program to discuss the issue of food insecurity over time. Held on Thursday, April 18 at 6PM at the Museum, this program will provide insights into the historical context of hunger in our community. OPM and OACP will be joined by Dr. Gabriel Loiacono, Associate Professor of History and Interim Chair of Social Work at UW-Oshkosh in an interactive discussion with participants. For more information and to register, visit oshkoshmuseum.org.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry to tackle the issue of hunger in our community,” said Sarah Phillips, Director of the Oshkosh Public Museum. “By coming together through these initiatives, we can make a real impact and help ensure that no one in our community goes hungry.”

“We are grateful for the support of the Oshkosh Public Museum and the community as we work towards our mission of eliminating food insecurity in Oshkosh,” said Ryan Rasmussen, Executive Director of the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry. “Events like these not only provide much-needed resources but also raise awareness about the issue of food insecurity and inspire others to get involved.”

The “Making Hunger History” campaign will kick off on April 2 and run through April 30. For more information about how to get involved or to learn more about the campaign, please visit oshkoshmuseum.org or contact 920.236.5799.

About the Oshkosh Public Museum:
The Oshkosh Public Museum preserves and promotes the history, art, and culture of Oshkosh and the Lake Winnebago Region. The cornerstone of the Oshkosh Public Museum is the Historic Sawyer Home with its world-class Tiffany Studios-designed interiors, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1924, the Oshkosh Public Museum has served the public by stewarding collections, creating educational experiences, and providing access to our region’s unique heritage.

About Oshkosh Area Community Pantry:
The Oshkosh Area Community Pantry believes in the vision of a community where no one goes hungry. Through collaborative efforts and critical community support, OACP strives to eliminate food insecurity in the Oshkosh area and all of southern Winnebago County, distributing over 2 million pounds of food in 2023. The Oshkosh Area Community Pantry is located within the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (2551 Jackson St, Oshkosh). OACP respects and values the dignity of all guests, collaborates with regional partners to serve the community, and works to be responsive and adaptable to emerging food needs in our community.