Food drive nets 8,000 pounds of food
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.