RIVER FALLS, Wis.
Allina Health recently contributed a total of $4,500 to Pierce
County food pantries. Contributions of $500 each were made to food
pantries in Bay City, Elmwood, Ellsworth, Plum City, Prescott, River Falls
and Spring Valley. $1,000 was contributed to the Hunger Prevention
Council of Pierce County, an umbrella organization that helps coordinate
activities of all of the food pantries in the county. These contributions
were recommended by a committee of employees at River Falls Area
Hospital, part of Allina Health.
"We know that food pantries
throughout our region are having a tough time keeping up with demand,"
said Heather Logelin, foundation and community engagement director at
River Falls Area Hospital. "We also know that for every dollar
contributed, our local food pantries are able to secure five to six
dollars of food."
Logelin presented the checks to food pantry
representatives at a monthly meeting of the Hunger Prevention Council,
where she heard updates from each pantry. "Several pantries reported
record numbers of new clients in December," said Logelin. "While we are
blessed to have many generous people in this region, the reality is that
the food that is most nutritious also costs the most. We hope that this
contribution will help the pantries meet the basic nutritional needs of
For more information about food pantries in
Pierce County, contact Sarah Johnson, coordinator of the Hunger Prevention
Council, at 715-273-6781or go to www.hungerpreventioncouncil.com.