Marathon County Hunger Coalition

Marathon Hunger Coalition

2022 Turkey Trot was a huge success. 

Wausau Turkey Trot had about 1700 runners and walkers on Thanksgiving morning.  All proceeds are a part of the Marathon County Hunger Coalition and will be used locally to purchase food for 12 different pantries.  Keep checking our social media channels for updated photos and videos of race day.  Save the date for 2023.  


In 2022 the race is sponsored by Crystal Finishing Systems, Festival Foods, Hands-On Cleaning, Marathon Cheese, 4 Seasons, The Eye Clinic of WI, Midwest Communications, News 9, Midwest Beverage, Hayes Graphics, Edgar IGA, The Grand Theatre, SUN Printing, and QRG

Bulk Buy

The Marathon County Hunger Coalition runs a program known as The Bulk Purchase. Each month, the coalition reaches out to a dozen local pantries and intakes their orders. Instead of focusing on traditional pantry needs, The Coalition buys what the pantry specifically requests, helping to fill the gaps and supplement other methods of food sourcing.

On 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.


Farm to Family Produce Program


The Marathon County Hunger Coalition partners with two local farms located in Athens, WI to source fresh produce boxes, which are then given to multiple agencies to distribute in Marathon County. The Marathon County Hunger Coalition strives to improve food security for all individuals and families in Marathon County. Partnering with local farms and offering fresh, locally grown produce gives us a remarkable sense of pride. Through this model 80% of our funds stay in the community, and we’re making access to fresh farm produce easier!

To learn more about our partners, read more below!

Reddoor Family Farm

Red Door

A red door is a welcoming symbol that spans many cultures and traditions. In addition to providing nourishing and delicious food, we invite you to be a part of our farm and feel welcome as you get to know your food, your farmers, and your neighbors.

Red Door Family Farm is a Certified Organic diversified farm in Athens, Wisconsin. We grow 10 acres of vegetables, fruits, and mushrooms for CSA, Farmers Markets, and local Restaurant sales. We are proud to serve our local food pantry, offering the freshest and most nutrient dense food available to those who need it most.

Look for us in restaurants, grocery stores, or at Wausau’s year-round farmers market, or ensure the choicest produce our farm has to offer by joining our CSA!

As farmers, we believe in making a food system that support rural communities, promotes health, and is sustainable economically and environmentally.


Cattail Organics


Our farm is rooted in organic production and philosophy working with natural systems and the local ecosystem to produce food that is healthiest for our family and our community.

We pride ourselves on having exceedingly clean, well packaged, and fresh produce for everyone who enjoys our food from CSA and farmers market customers to chefs, grocery stores and people who receive our produce food aid programs.

We deeply believe that all people, especially the most vulnerable, should have access to the most nutritious and fresh food.