Employees at Mercury Marine's facilities in Fond du Lac, Wis., raised more than $14,000 in food and monetary donations for the Fondy Food Pantry during the marine engine manufacturer's weeklong "Fill the Boat" food drive.
This was the second year that Mercury employees participated in a food drive to benefit the food pantry. Last year, the company raised more than $10,000 for the non-profit organization.
The drive was held from June 4-7, according to a Mercury press release. Employees donated an estimated 8,700 food items — enough to fill three boats — and $3,127 in monetary gifts. An additional $2,232 was donated to the food pantry from the proceeds of a June 7 campuswide cookout.
The 8,700 food items are enough to feed 175 families of four for the summer and the cash donation will feed 375 children each weekend for an entire school year through the food pantry’s “Food for Thought” program, according to Fondy Food Pantry president Sarah Zimmerman.
“Fondy Food Pantry is once again grateful to Mercury Marine for the outstanding donations of food and cash that were generated from their food drive,” Fondy Food pantry vice president Linda Bastian said in a statement. “Words cannot say how much we appreciate the time and effort that goes into a drive such as this. This sort of community support makes it possible for us to continue our mission to feed the hungry in the Fond du Lac area."
More than 125 employees at the Brunswick Corp.-owned company volunteered for the event.
The Fondy Food Pantry, in operation since 1973, serves more than 2,000 adults and 1,500 children annually in the Fond du Lac area.