Sunny skies ahead for food pantry
Meteorologist selects Clintonville charity
By Bert Lehman
The Clintonville Food Pantry has been chosen by NBC Channel 26 to be the recipient charity organization as part of its 3 Degree Guarantee program.
From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, each day that Chief Meteorologist Cameron Moreland accurately predicts the high temperature within three degrees of the actual high temperature, the Clintonville Food Pantry will receive $100.
“It’s all about letting the viewers know that we have an accurate forecast they can rely on, but also, beyond that, it is reaching out to the community and giving back to the community,” Moreland said during a visit to the Clintonville Food Pantry on Monday, Sept. 21. “[We’re] finding local charities across Northeast Wisconsin that are in need and taking that accurate forecast and turning it into $100 every single day.”
He said the goal is to donate $4,000-$5,000 during the three month period.
Only one charity is chosen for each three month period.
“Unfortunately the list [of charities] is really long. I picked the Clintonville Food Pantry because I read the email and it definitely sounded like there is a great need here and we wanted to help out,” Moreland said. “There are probably 15-20 other charities on the list right now for the 3 Degree Guarantee.”
He added that charities are chosen from throughout the NBC26 viewing area.
“Not just the big cities, but the small towns as well,” Moreland said.
Cameron said the 3 Degree Guarantee program began four years ago, and during that time more than $80,000 has been raised for local charities.
“It’s also about getting the word out,” Moreland said. “A lot of people in Clintonville may not know the food pantry is even here.”
Each night during the three month period, the Clintonville Food Pantry will be mentioned during a weather segment.
Clintonville Alderwoman Mary-Beth Kuester said soon after she was elected to city council she emailed NBC26 to nominate the Clintonville Food Pantry to be part of this program.
“When the 3 Degree Guarantee program began with a Green Bay area pantry, I immediately thought of the huge need here in Clintonville and sent an email to Cameron Moreland.”
According to Dave Schmidt, vice-president of the Clintonville Food Pantry, the pantry serves around 125 families per month, including a lot of disabled and elderly citizens.
“Your sponsoring us is going to help us continue,” Schmidt told Moreland during Moreland’s visit. “From the beginning of the year until now, money resources are down. This will keep us going and it will be a great benefit to the community.”
One or two times during the three month period, representatives from the Clintonville Food Pantry will visit the NBC26 station.
“We’re hoping to make lots of money and to get the word out about the Clintonville Food Pantry,” Moreland said. “Hopefully we’ll make a difference.”