Co-op Customers, Farmers, & Vendors Donate to Stepping Stones
Working together, Menomonie Market customers, farmers, and vendors raised and donated over $15,000 worth of healthy, locally grown, and organic foods; over 10,000 lbs total, for Stepping Stones Food Pantry in Menomonie.
What began as our holiday food drive in 2016-2017 evolved into a greater giving project when local farmers from St. Croix Valley Produce, Wisconsin Growers, Co-op Partners Warehouse, and UNFI graciously donated multiple pallets of both fresh and packaged, high protein, nutrient dense foods. In all, over 5,000 lbs of food and over $3,000 in cash was donated to Stepping Stones on behalf of our customers, vendors, farmers, and distributors.
In addition, the co-op began donating culled food to the pantry on a weekly basis in April this year. Every week a variety fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared deli foods, organic dairy products, and other packaged goods are picked up and delivered to Stepping stones. Since the program’s inception we have donated another 5,000 lbs of food.
“When we work together in partnership with each other the impact of our efforts is multiplied to create greater contributions than we can bring about individually.” said Beth Martin, Marketing Manager. “The donation and giving program illustrates perfectly the power of cooperation in local communities.”
According to Katherine Dunn, Stepping Stones Executive Director, the food pantry serves an average of 330 families per week – almost 50 families daily. Donations of food and funds are what make their important work possible. Katherine was “grateful for the partnership with with Menomonie Market and to have nutritious, organic products on the pantry shelves! Thanks to the co-op and their patrons for helping our families.”
Since 1973 the co-op has worked toward our mission of being central to a thriving healthy community. We are grateful to our customers and customer-owners who donated money in support of this fundraiser – thank you! Your cooperative spirit is contagious and essential component to your co-op’s mission of being central to a thriving healthy community.
To donate or find out more about Stepping Stones of Dunn County, visit http://www.steppingstonesdc.org/.