Donald Hofacker and Nolan DeMarce with some of Don’s October donation to the Elmwood Food Pantry. Submitted photo
Donald Hofacker and Nolan DeMarce with some of Don’s October donation to the Elmwood Food Pantry. Submitted photo

Submitted by Donna Blegen, Elmwood Food Pantry volunteer

ELMWOOD, WI – Donald Hofacker of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, has once again donated a yearly total of over 2000 pounds of groceries to the Elmwood Food Pantry! On September 27 of this year, Don and his nephew, James Mohr of North St. Paul, arrived at the pantry with a PICKUP LOAD of groceries totaling 644 pounds.

Mr. Hofacker often calls and checks in advance with pantry president Nolan DeMarce to see what items are needed.  Things like laundry soap, dish soap, and paper products are often not available from the food shelf sources of Second Harvest and is The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). 

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.

All of these donations from Don Hofacker are given in memory of Don’s parents, Lewis and Lucille Hofacker and, since Don grew up in Rock Elm and graduated from Elmwood High School, he still is connected to the area. The 40 plus families served by the Elmwood Food Pantry and the staff of volunteers greatly appreciate Mr. Hofacker’s donations. 

There are SO many others in the area who continue to give regularly to the pantry.  Local organizations, businesses, churches, Elmwood Schools, Ocean Spray of Wisconsin Rapids, many individuals, and others too numerous to mention are helping us live up to our motto:  “Hunger is unacceptable in our community.”

The Elmwood pantry is open the first Tuesday of each month from 3 to 6 p.m., and the third Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  More volunteers are always needed.  Please contact Nolan DeMarce at 715-639-4221 if you’re willing to help in any way.