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McIntyre Library accepting donations for Hmong food pantry fundraiser

RELEASED: Nov. 23, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire McIntyre Library Staff Association is accepting donations for its annual fundraiser to benefit the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association food pantry.

The library has held the fundraiser for more than a decade, raising thousands of dollars to purchase rice, which is distributed to those in need through the HMAA, a social service agency that serves the local Hmong community. The HMAA operates a food pantry and assists in housing, employment and translating services. The agency also works with other area organizations to assist the local Hmong community.

More than 160 families rely on the food pantry for their basic sustenance. Decreased funding during the past year has resulted in depleted food supplies, forcing the pantry to close its doors for several months due to a lack of rice to distribute. Winter is the season of greatest need, as families cannot rely on the harvest of their gardens during those months.

Anyone is welcome to contribute to the library staff's project. Checks, made payable to the McIntyre Library Staff Association, may be submitted by Dec. 10 to Dan Hillis in Room 5012 of McIntyre Library. Names of contributors will be included on a card accompanying the donations. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous should make that preference known. Those who contribute are asked to include an e-mail address with their contribution if they would like confirmation of the receipt of their contribution.

For more information, contact Jill Markgraf at 715-836-5357 or markgrjs@uwec.edu.

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