Wausau's United We Can Event Brings in 5K Lbs. of Food for Pantries

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Local food pantries have a lot more supplies...5,000 pounds worth...after Monday's United We Can event.

Seventeen groups gathered on the 400 block in downtown Wausau to sculpt cans and other goods into edible displays.

"There's about 260 cans of spaghetti sauce, over 270 cans of soup and I believe 180 boxes of macaroni and cheese," said Diane Wessel, as she listed ingredients in the Marathon County/Becher Hoppe Associates group.

It's one of many displays that will go to eight Marathon County pantries.

"It's incredible to see these people out building sculptures out of canned good products or food or anything that the pantries need," said Joanne Kelly, executive director of the United Way of Marathaon County.

Creative Communication and Design built a giant cupcake out of marshmallows, oatmeal and tomato sauce.

"When we heard about the event it seemed like a good way to give back to the community and help celebrate our 20th anniversary," said David Coulthurst.

Hunger is a real issue in Marathon County. According to the United Way, last year local food pantries fed more than 5,000 families.

"We know the need's gone up and we know this time of year the pantries get a little low on food so its meeting an incredible need in our community," Kelly said.

In addition to the 5,000 lbs., the pantries also will receive $1,200 to be split up amongst them.

The public voted on their favorite sculptures by donating one dollar or a non-perishable food item.

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