Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services (PPCS) members are helping stock Pierce and Pepin County food shelves through the co-op’s charitable foundation Pierce Pepin Cares.
At their October meeting, the Pierce Pepin Cares board awarded $16,000 in grants to eight food pantries; each received $2,000—Pierce County Food Pantry, Elmwood Food Pantry, Plum City Food Pantry, Prescott Area Food Shelf, River Falls Food Pantry, Spring Valley Community Food Pantry, Pepin County Food Pantry and Pepin-Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran-Food Pantry.
The impact of cash donations to the food pantries is substantial. On a dollar-for-dollar conversion, for every $1 donated they can obtain up to $7 in food purchases for the pantries.
PPCS members fund Pierce Pepin Cares by participating in Operation Round Up and rounding up their electric bills to the nearest dollar each month or donating a specific dollar amount.
Pierce Pepin Cares grants are awarded quarterly. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying may visit www.piercepepin.coop for information. The next application deadline is December 15.