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GET INVOLVED! The Marathon County Hunger Coalition works to eliminate food insecurity within our community by taking fresh, healthy produce directly to families in need. There are two ways YOU can get involved in gathering and preparing farm fresh produce for distribution:
Hunger Coalition members will help set up your team with a table at the Wausau Farmer's Market to collect leftover and donated produce. The food collected is then distributed to local food pantries, ensuring community members have access to fresh, healthy options. This is a great opportunity for one-time volunteering, or sign up for multiple weekends over the summer!
Each week of the growing season, two local farms based out of Athens, WI provide fresh produce to be boxed and distributed to agencies in Marathon County. Your team will help pack the fresh, organic produce into boxes that can more easily be distributed.
Each month The Marathon County Hunger Coalition purchases nutritional food for local food pantries for a program known as “The Bulk Buy.” Instead of guessing what our local pantries need we work directly with them to order the specific items that best serve their guests. Each pantry has specific and unique needs based on the individuals they are serving.
Results: Because of this program we’re able to help pantries keep their shelves stocked with the healthy foods that best serve their guests. In doing so, we’re relieving the financial strain that many households in Marathon county are currently facing when it comes to putting food on their tables.
On average, the coalition spends around $2,000/month between 8-12 local pantries. In the spirit of keeping things local, we source all of our Bulk Orders from local grocers, including Lambs Fresh Market & Edgar IGA.
In an ever-changing environment, this model allows us to be flexible with our partner pantries, meeting them where they are and supplying them with an inventory that we know will make it to the families that need it most.
Wausau 2022 Turkey Trot had about 1700 runners and walkers on Thanksgiving morning. All proceeds are a part of the Marathon County Hunger Coalition and will be used locally to purchase food for 12 different pantries. Save the date for 2023. This annual, family event is the largest run and fundraiser for the Marathon County Hunger Coalition. For more than 14 years, community members have supported the work of this nonprofit, by running and walking to give back. To sponsor this event, please contact Amanda Flannery at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2022 the race is sponsored by Crystal Finishing Systems, Festival Foods, Hands-On Cleaning, Marathon Cheese, 4 Seasons, The Eye Clinic of WI, Midwest Communications, News 9, Midwest Beverage, Hayes Graphics, Edgar IGA, The Grand Theatre, SUN Printing, and QRG.
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