Festival Foods Donates $1,500 Worth of Supplies to Local Nonprofits

Kaitlin Raine, Office Manager and John LaFlash, Grocery Manager. Submitted photo.

9/13/19: Story updated with comment from Shirley’s House of Hope

Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) After learning of an urgent need for supplies from three area nonprofits, Festival Foods decided to do its part.

The store is donating $500 in supplies to each The Hannah Center, Soup or Socks, and Shirley’s House of Hope.

“Festival is very involved in the community, so whenever we hear someone or an organization that needs assistance, we have to step up and do something,” said Nina Winistorfer, Community Involvement Specialist. “We are hoping to inspire other companies and organizations to help those pantries succeed through the holiday season.”

The Hannah Center, which houses and assists women in crisis, shared last week that its food supply was running low and received a great response from the community.

“We have decided to use this $500 in beef roasts, as there are many different uses and meals that can be made out of a versatile beef roast,” said Tricia Fancher, Program Coordinator. “I want to thank Festival Foods for helping us out and caring about our community and the women and children we serve.”

Shirley’s House of Hope, a domestic violence shelter and addiction recovery resource, also decided on meat for its donation. It chose frozen chicken breasts to best serve its residents. Last week, the shelter posted that it was running low on a few essential supplies.

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“The response to asking for paper products was amazing. We had people ship products from Sam’s Club and others deliver them in car loads,” said Julie Cravillion, Director of Development.

The donation from Festival Foods was a surprise, but a welcome one. “This was a great blessing because we have a woman in shelter that is allergic to beef and most of our meat donations are beef,” said Cravillion. “Tammy Redetzke and I were thrilled to pick up the donation on Wednesday.”

Food pantry Soup or Socks selected cold cereal and will pick up 34 cases, about 400 boxes worth, early next week. The pantry distributes 75-120 boxes per month and expects the cereal to last until Christmas, said Cheryl Lewis Hartl, Soup or Socks Director.

“If there is anyone who would like to help transport them at 9 a.m. on Monday, I would not be sad!” she said.

If interested, contact Soup or Socks at 715-387-1796.

Local Nonprofits Face Urgent Supply Needs