Submitted by Jen Bailey, WCU

WESTERN, WI - WESTconsin Credit Union offices are collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for those less fortunate from June 13-25, 2016. Donations can be made at any WESTconsin location including Amery, Baldwin, Barron, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Ellsworth, Hudson, Menomonie (North, Downtown and East), New Richmond, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley. All proceeds will be delivered by the credit union to local food pantries for distribution.

Inventory supply needs for food pantries are especially high during summer months, largely due to students being out of school. Many area students receive reduced or free lunches while schools are in session and without the support of the food pantries, these children may not receive adequate nutrition over summer break.

Monetary donations are especially valuable because for every $1 in cash, food pantries can purchase up to $10 worth of food. According to the 2010 Poverty and Population estimates from the US Census Bureau, 69,950 people in the 14 counties of west central Wisconsin live in poverty including more than one of every five children.

Credit unions are financial institutions owned by their accountholders, and member funds are federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) up to at least $250,000.