Elk Mound, WI - October 6, 2016 Valley Pasture Farm has already collected over 300 pounds of non-perishable items to benefit Stepping Stones of Dunn County as part of their 2nd Annual Fall Fun and Pumpkin Patch. Guests brought donations to the farm and in exchange received 50¢ off their admission to the Fall Fun, which includes a pick your own pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay maze, wagon rides, spooky trails, farm animals, and more. The food drive and 50¢ discount opportunity will continue on Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 10am-6pm through October 30th.
“After hearing statistics on hunger right here in Dunn County, I knew that we could do something to help since farming and food go hand in hand. My wife, Katie, came up with the idea to involve our guests this Fall by hosting the Food Drive and offering an extra incentive for those who give,” said Scott Baier, owner and farmer at Valley Pasture Farm.
“My hope was to collect 1,000 pounds of food. After seeing how well we did the first two weekends, I’m sure we’ll be able to meet that. It’s very exciting to see the children and families participating. We will certainly be making this an annual tradition at the pumpkin patch," added Katie.
The Stepping Stones Food Pantry serves about 55 families per day, six days per week. They serve over 5,000 unique individuals annually by distributing about 1 million pounds of food. They also distribute approximately 400 weekend meal bags each week to children at risk of hunger during the school year.