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Toycen to step down from Caring Ministries Food Pantry August 1

Deb Toycen has made a personal decision to step down from coordination responsibilities for the Caring Ministries Food Pantry effective August 1st.  She has been active in this ministry for 14 years, providing coordination effort for 10.

Caring Ministries provides an average of 50-60 families in the Colfax area with emergency food supplies each year.  The outreach is designed to meet families one-on-one in the midst of their circumstances and offer support and resource information where they can.

In addition, Caring Ministries provides weekly food bags to anywhere from 35-60 children in school to help support low-income families.

The entire ministry is supported by volunteers, including this position.  The ministry is seeking a person to replace Deb in this capacity. The Food Pantry Coordinator position requires an average donation of 2-3 hours per week.

If you feel led to serve the community in this capacity, please contact either Pastor Craig Conklin at 715-962-4335 ( or Pastor George Schweitzer at 715-962-2280 (  They have a complete job responsibilities list available.  Deb is willing to provide training/support through the transition process.

“Families have come and gone and I don’t know where most of them eventually end up.  It is rare to see the families repeatedly visit the pantry over the years.  It is a wonderful blessing to see families get back on their feet.  I know I’m not ever responsible for the outcomes, only to plant seeds and provide encouragement where I can.”

“This ministry has been a life changer for me.  I have sensed God using this outreach to touch countless families and let them know that people care about them in the midst of their circumstances.  I will miss the pantry and the work with partners in our community, but I also look forward with great anticipation to what awaits me in the next season in my life…This is truly a wonderful community to be a part of!”