Mercury is going to ‘need a bigger boat’

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Mercury employees unload the boat full of donated food after hauling it to Fondy Food Pantry.

Mercury employees unload the boat full of donated food after hauling it to Fondy Food Pantry.

Mercury Marine said it raised nearly $13,000 for its annual Fill the Boat to Cast Out Hunger food drive, a new record for food and cash donations. For a week every year, Mercury employees at company headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis., participate in the charity drive, which benefits the Fondy Food Pantry.

The company contributed 4,811 pounds of non-perishable food donations, an increase of 82 percent over last year. While loading the donations for delivery, employees quoted the character Brody from the film Jaws, saying, “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”

In addition to filling the boat, donations filled the back of the truck towing it and part of a company box truck.

“I am honored to work here at Mercury Marine with a group of employees who care so much about our community,” Carrie Rohde, a Lean Six Sigma black belt at Mercury and chair of the employees Fill the Boat Committee, said in a statement.

The event took place Oct. 7-11 and week wrapped up with a cookout for employees, which also celebrated Mercury’s 80 anniversary.

Fondy Food Pantry serves about 1,100 individuals, distributing an average of 30,000 pounds of food a month.

“The pantry’s requirements for food donations and financial support have never been greater,” Sandy Breth, Fondy Food Pantry president, said in the statement. “Fill the Boat is a hugely generous endeavor on the part of Mercury employees, and one for which we are ever grateful.”

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