Mercury Marine’s annual “Fill the Boat to Cast Out Hunger” food drive to benefit the Fondy Food Pantry has raised close to $13,000 — a new record for food and cash donations.
Mercury’s home is in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where around 3000 locals are employed creating some of the world’s most well-known marine products, especially when it comes to propulsion.
For a full week, Mercury employees in Fond du Lac participate in one of the most popular company events of the year. In 2019, staff contributed 2157kg (4,811lb) of non-perishable food donations, an increase of 82% over last year’s food donations. In fact, more than one employee volunteer quoted the famous line from the movie, Jaws — “You’re going to need a bigger boat” — when loading the food donations for delivery to the Fondy Food Pantry. The donations filled not only the boat that is traditionally used to hold the donations but also the bed of the pickup truck pulling it and some space in a Mercury facilities box truck that was enlisted to assist with the haul.
The event took place October 711 at Mercury’s Fond du Lac campus. In keeping with custom, the week’s activities culminated with a Friday cook-out for employees. This year, the cookout celebrated not only the food drive but also Mercury’s 80th anniversary. Not even a steady dose of rain could dampen the spirits of the employees, who took the celebration indoors.
Fondy Food Pantry has been a fixture in the greater Fond du Lac community for 45 years. The organization serves roughly 1,100 individuals in need, distributing an average of 13,452kg (30,000) pounds of food every month. It feeds 780 children every week.
“The pantry’s requirements for food donations and financial support have never been greater as we serve everincreasing numbers of neighbours in need,” said Sandy Breth, Fondy Food Pantry president. “Fill the Boat is a hugely generous endeavour on the part of Mercury employees, and one for which we are forever grateful.”
Breth underscored Mercury’s close partnership with the pantry and the local community. “You’ve been instrumental in our ability to help others over the years,” she said. “We want to take this opportunity to join with the greater Fond du Lac community in congratulating Mercury Marine on your 80th anniversary year. Just as one of your 80th anniversary taglines calls Fond du Lac ‘The Heart of Mercury,’ surely Mercury Marine is also ‘The Heart of Fond du Lac.’”
29 November 2019