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Local companies working with food bank to provide Christmas meals to needy

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire is going to be able to feed a lot more hungry families this Christmas, thanks to help from three local businesses.

"It really is wonderful to have the community stepping up this time of the year," says Feed MY People Food Bank's Emily Moore.

Kwik Trip started a new company-wide program.  Food that didn't get sold the day before, but is still good to eat, will be donated to feed my people.

"Perishable foods, things like sandwiches, bakery products, milk and so on, things that are close-dated," Moore explains.

Gordy's County Market says instead of bagging it up and taking it home, more than 120 customers who earned a free ham or turkey through a store loyalty program chose to donate to the food bank.

"It's just great knowing that we are able to give back; especially in a time when things are tough for some families," says Gordy's Guru Matt Selvig.

And Holiday Vacations in Eau Claire handed over 500 turkeys and hams, along with 800 cans of corn, 200 cans of peas, and about 1,000 cans of cranberry sauce.

"Our goal was to provide a holiday dinner for 1,000 families here in west central Wisconsin and we know there's a huge need and we wanted to be able to support the people in our area," says Greg Barnes, Operations Director for Holiday Vacations.

"When it comes down to it, we all need the essentials," Selvig says.  "We all need to be able to eat and they are doing a great job of looking out for people and making sure that they are taken care of; especially during the Christmas season."

Feed My People distributes around six million pounds of food a year to more than 100 hunger relief programs throughout west central Wisconsin.

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