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Food drive nets 8,000 pounds of food

Volunteer Dave Langer is pictured with the Five Loaves Food Shelf's donation from the Coins for Cans drive. Five Loaves is located in New Richmond.1 / 2
Lori Scheder of Grace Place in Somerset is shown with the Coins for Cans food donation she received on behalf of that organization.2 / 2

The Coins for Cans food drive, co-hosted by the three St. Croix Casinos, has lent a helping hand to food pantries in northwest Wisconsin since 1993. This year's drive, held June 3-8, was no exception. Thanks to 4,818 guests and casino employees, the three casinos (the St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake, the St. Croix Casino Danbury and the St. Croix Casino Hertel) collected 8,000 pounds of food donations.

Over the past 21 years, the Coins Cans program has distributed 387,500 pounds of food to food pantries in the seven-county area surrounding Turtle Lake. That's more than a pound and a half of food for every resident of those counties.

Grace Place in Somerset and Five Loaves in New Richmond received donations from the Coins for Cans drive on June 11.

This year's delivery crew, Elizabeth Denniston, Patty Frie, Tom Slayton and Marnie Bergmann of St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake, distributed food to 24 charities in Barron, Burnett, Dunn, Polk, Sawyer, St. Croix and Washburn counties June 11-13.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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