Hudson Daybreak Rotarians helped in "Creating a Better Community for ALL" by volunteering at the John Coughlin Food Resource Center. A group of our Rotarians worked together to create150 emergency food bags that are needed for our neighbors in Western Wisconsin. We'd like to thank 
for the volunteer opportunity.
 
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More information about the John Coughlin Food Resource Center
 
Many people in Western Wisconsin are struggling to put food on the table, and food pantries are straining to meet the high level of need.  A recent ALICE report found that many households are struggling. Research found that 34% of households in Polk county, 42% of households in Pierce county, and 29% of households in St. Croix county are living in poverty and/or earning less than the basic cost of living for the county.

The John Coughlin Food & Resource Center (JCFRC) stores food and commodities for redistribution to food pantries and shelters in Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties. The industrial-sized freezer and cooler enable pantries to have a steady supply of perishable food. Pantry volunteers pick up perishables at designated times for redistribution to residents of Western Wisconsin.

Since opening in 2008, the JCFRC has distributed more than 1,032,095 pounds of food and other products to 20 local pantries, five shelters, and two rural pop-up pantry distribution sites.  That is the equivalent of 793,919 meals for the hungry. The majority of the food came from our partner, nonprofit food bank The Food Group.

The building has a significant amount of open area used for Trinity Lutheran Church’s “We Do Feet” ministry. The focus of this program is to help the needy by collecting, repairing and donating used furniture, beds and other household items. The space could also be used a distribution site for emergency supplies in case of a community crisis.