Pictured with the Stamp Out Hunger collection are Bob Huebel with Nolan and Janet DeMarce. Submitted photo
Pictured with the Stamp Out Hunger collection are Bob Huebel with Nolan and Janet DeMarce. Submitted photo

Submitted by Donna Blegen, Elmwood Food Pantry

ELMWOOD, WI – On Saturday, April 27, the Elmwood and Spring Valley Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts went door-to-door in both towns collecting food for the local food pantries as part of their annual SCOUTING FOR FOOD event.  They did a great job, delivering a total of 309 pounds of groceries to the Elmwood Food Pantry.

The United States Postal Service letter carriers successfully carried out their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 11.  The Elmwood Food Pantry received more than 1400 pounds of groceries from this year's local event!  The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is very important to local pantries and neighbors in need. In the spring, food supplies are typically lower. As schools let out for the summer, the need for additional food is greater since young students don't have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs. This annual food drive is a huge boost to the pantry's food supply!

Again, this year the Hugh J. Andersen Foundation of Bayport, MN, gave a very generous grant to the Elmwood Food Pantry for general operating support, with this year's amount being $3,000.  The stated mission of the foundation is: “To give back to the community through focused efforts that foster inclusivity, promote equality, and lead to increased human independence, self-sufficiency and dignity.” The Elmwood Pantry is very grateful to be a recipient of their generosity again this year.

Thank you to all of the above and to the many other individuals, businesses, organizations and churches who continue to give so generously to the Elmwood Pantry.

The Elmwood Food Pantry is located at 108 S Main Street in Elmwood and serves more than 40 families each month.  Hours are the first Tuesday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m., and from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month.  Anyone needing food on an emergency basis should call the pantry at 715-639-2307 or call 715-639-4221.  If you leave a message, be sure to include a working phone number so we can return your call.