The United Way of Marquette County is holding two food drives outside of Walmart over the weekend. Nonperishable items will be collected for local food pantries while perishable items will be collected by local nonprofits, with the most requested items being ground beef, cheese, and whole fruits and vegetables. Monetary donations will also be accepted and used for food security programs throughout the county.
United Way of Marquette County Welcomes Donations for Weekend Food Drives
The United Way of Marquette County is gearing up for two food drives taking place at Walmart this weekend, welcoming public donations. Those interested in donating can participate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The drive accepts three types of donations.
Nonperishable items for the annual WLUC-TV6 Canathon will be collected and distributed to local food pantries, such as St. Vincent de Paul of Marquette and the Salvation Army of Marquette. Simultaneously, perishable items will be accepted by local nonprofit organizations.
Various nonprofits including Community Action Alger-Marquette, Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Janzen House, and others are participating in the can drive. “The ability to donate perishable food items like dairy, meat, and fresh produce is not common. It’s heartening that these agencies can use donations directly in their programs,” remarked UWMC’s program coordinator, Holly Michelin.
Monetary contributions are also welcomed by United Way of Marquette County and will be directed towards supporting food security programs across the county. UWMC Executive Director, Andrew Rickauer, views this as a fantastic opportunity to unite different groups to raise awareness about food insecurity and the active programs aimed at improving food security.
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