Marathon County Hunger Coalition

Fresh food

Impact Hunger

Your time and dollars are making an impact. 
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GET INVOLVED! The Marathon County Hunger Coalition works to eliminate food insecurity within our community by taking fresh, healthy produce directly to families in need. There are two ways YOU can get involved in gathering and preparing farm fresh produce for distribution: 
Option 1: 
Hunger Coalition members will help set up your team with a table at the Wausau Farmer's Market to collect leftover and donated produce. The food collected is then distributed to local food pantries, ensuring community members have access to fresh, healthy options. This is a great opportunity for one-time volunteering, or sign up for multiple weekends over the summer!
Option 2: 
Each week of the growing season, two local farms based out of Athens, WI provide fresh produce to be boxed and distributed to agencies in Marathon County. Your team will help pack the fresh, organic produce into boxes that can more easily be distributed. 


Farm to Family

Bulk Buy

Each month The Marathon County Hunger Coalition purchases nutritional food for local food pantries for a program known as “The Bulk Buy.” Instead of guessing what our local pantries need we work directly with them to order the specific items that best serve their guests. Each pantry has specific and unique needs based on the individuals they are serving.

Results: Because of this program we’re able to help pantries keep their shelves stocked with the healthy foods that best serve their guests. In doing so, we’re relieving the financial strain that many households in Marathon county are currently facing when it comes to putting food on their tables.

hhOn average, the coalition spends around $2,000/month between 8-12 local pantries. In the spirit of keeping things local, we source all of our Bulk Orders from local grocers, including Lambs Fresh Market & Edgar IGA.

In an ever-changing environment, this model allows us to be flexible with our partner pantries, meeting them where they are and supplying them with an inventory that we know will make it to the families that need it most.


Turkey Trot Turkey Trot 2023

We raised a record $72,100 and had 1,920 participants! We couldn’t have done this without the support of the community and our sponsors. We also saw some creative costumes! All funds raised will go to support the Marathon County Hunger Coalition.

This annual, family event is the largest run and fundraiser for the Marathon County Hunger Coalition.  For more than 14 years, community members have supported the work of this nonprofit, by running and walking to give back. To sponsor this event, please contact Amanda Flannery at

2023 Event Sponsors:

Grand Theater Wausau
News 9 WAOW
101.9 WDEZ (MWC Advertising) 
95.5 WIFC (MWC Advertising)
Crystal Finishing Systems Inc.
QRG (Quality Resource Group)
Hands On Cleaning, LLC
Marathon Cheese Corporation
Bridge Community Health Clinic
Edgar Foods
Eye Clinic of Wisconsin

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