The Holyland Food Pantry held a media event on Wednesday, May 26 at the future site of the new pantry in Marytown across from the Marytown Tap.

Mark Diederichs, president of the Holyland Food Pantry, welcomed the crowd. “We have exciting happenings related to the Feed Our Future capital campaign to share today here at the site where the new Holyland Food Pantry will be built,” he said.

The pantry is a nonprofit that serves people along the eastern shores of Lake Winnebago and in the Holyland area. It opened in 2014 and is currently located in a building adjacent to St. Paul United Church of Christ in Malone.

The pantry serves 40 families for a total of 150 people, 50 of which are children. The pantry provides emergency and supplemental food to these families. Food insecurity exists in rural communities year-round. Health concerns, loss of jobs, economic hardships, insurance and other devastating events are among the reasons that people turn to food pantries.

The Holyland Pantry has outgrown its current location and has purchased the land in Marytown to build a one-story building. “The building will provide a safe environment for our volunteers and make it easier for our elderly and handicapped people to get around. It will be a bigger area to allow for better shopping,” Diederichs said.

Brian, Jeff, Kevin and Eric Baker of Baker Cheese presented the Holyland Food Pantry with a check for $70,000. The donation is at the Platinum Level for the Feed Our Future Campaign. Baker Cheese is a fourth generation, family owned string cheese manufacturer. They are located in rural St. Cloud and have been in business since 1916.

(For more on this story please see the June 3 issue of the Tri-County News.)

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