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Vegetables stolen from Meals on Wheels

Sheboygan - Vegetables stolen from a garden for Sheboygan's Meals on Wheels has prompted a police investigation.

Meals on Wheels won't be pressing charges, but it is taking action two prevent future losses.

The rows of vegetables -- squash, cabbage, pumpkins and more -- make fresh meals like Friday's stew, delivered daily to elderly people in the community.

This garden produces a lot of the food that goes into our client's meals," Kelly Heyn, CEO of Meals on Wheels-Sheboygan County, said, "and we were shocked to find Sunday that some of our food had disappeared." 

Vegetables were stolen from a garden that grows the ingredients to help feed 200 to 300 people a day.

"If somebody is hungry, we would step forward to help them," Heyn said. "But that wasn't the case. This was just somebody taking something that didn't belong to them."

A significant amount of cabbage was stolen, as well as some tomatoes and onions. But it's really hard to tell how much was taken from all this produce.

"You just don't steal from people. It's just not right," volunteer Judi Facinelli said.

Facinelli was so upset when she heard the news, she immediately donated a fence around the garden, which was suggested by Sheboygan police.

"We have lost, for sure, but we have also had some people come up with gracious donations to make up for what was lost," food service director Angela Meyer said.

The donations include locally grown produce to maintain the charity's dedication to serve farm-fresh meals to its clients.

Police say the investigation is currently inactive, but they'll be helping Meals on Wheels prevent trespassing situations in the future.

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