EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Seems the economy is recovering enough to bring back the giving spirit to many in the Chippewa valley.
"We have seen increase in donations. I think the community is a very generous community and recognizes that there is a need for food assistance and steps up to the plate. And those who can give-do,” said Emily Moore, executive director of Feed my People food bank.
Moore says people have been donating more food and cash over the past two years. 2010 saw the increase of around 18 percent, and 2011 went up from 2010 by around 12 percent. But besides generous donations from businesses and people another non-profit stands behind "feeding" the food bank.
"The Eau Claire Foundation is a wonderful support to non-profits in the area. We have written up and received grants from them over many years," said Moore.
In fact, the Eau Claire Community Foundation helped when Feed my People wanted to expand the Weekend Kid’s Meals programs which started with 60 children and counts 1,400 kids today.
"The fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation just in the past year granted 5,000 dollars to Feed my People to help their weekends meals program, which is phenomenal,” said Sue Bornick, the executive director of Eau Claire Community Foundation.
And the Eau Claire Community Foundation has been seeing increase in donations too, up 49 percent from last year, which means more money can go back to the community and supporting other non-profits, completing this “circle of giving”.
"The great way to look at the Eau Claire Community Foundation is- your gift gives forever, because we invest those dollars and give out donations every year," said Bornick.