PCCU donates to Tomahawk, Merrill, Rhinelander, Minocqua food pantries

For the Tomahawk Leader

TOMAHAWK – Park City Credit Union (PCCU) donated a total of $3,800.00 to food pantries in Tomahawk, Merrill, Rhinelander and Minocqua last month, helping area families enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

A release from PCCU said the donations were made “in In the wake of increased demand for assistance at local food pantries due to lingering effects of the pandemic and rising costs.”

“This contribution highlights the credit union’s strong commitment to addressing urgent community needs and enriching the lives of residents,” the release stated.

Among the donations was a $1,000.00 contribution to the Tomahawk Food Pantry.

PCCU said all area food pantries have experienced dramatic increases in utilization after the extra food benefits from the COVID-19 pandemic ended, noting that the Rhinelander food pantry has seen almost triple the utilization of some of their student programs.

“Similarly, the Merrill food pantry had almost 40 new households enroll in their program, reflecting the growing need in these communities,” PCCU stated.

In Merrill, 172 turkeys were purchased for the local pantry.

“Throughout November, every family visiting the pantry received a turkey, ensuring everyone had the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal,” PCCU said.

At the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, funds were used to acquire essential Thanksgiving items, such as stuffing, broth, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, mushroom soup and pumpkins. PCCU said this support benefited around 350 households, and surplus funds were used to provide additional items, like pies and butter, “adding a special touch to the holiday meals.”

“Following these specific contributions, it’s important to recognize the broader impact of the total $3,800.00 donation,” PCCU stated. “This amount, distributed across various food pantries, not only addressed immediate needs, but also supported the ongoing efforts of these organizations to serve their communities.”

PCCU added that the collective benefit of the donation “extended beyond the holiday season, contributing to the resilience and well-being of families across the region.”

“PCCU’s commitment to community support was further demonstrated by staff members volunteering at these pantries, showcasing a deep-rooted culture of giving and community involvement,” PCCU said. “The cumulative effect of the credit union’s Thanksgiving initiative was a testament to the power of community support, illustrating how strategic contributions can make a significant difference, bringing hope and relief to many during challenging times.”

PCCU donated $1,000.00 to the Tomahawk Food Pantry last month. Pictured, from left: Becky Jaecks, PCCU Tomahawk Branch Manager; Tiki Krueger-Boehm, Community Engagement Coordinator; and Ricky Lawrence, Chairperson, Tomahawk Food Pantry. Photo courtesy of PCCU.

About PCCU

Park City Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative providing financial services to over 24,000 members who live, work or own land in Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Taylor or Vilas counties.

PCCU has offices in Tomahawk, Merrill, Minocqua and Rhinelander.

To learn more, visit www.parkcitycu.org.

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