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ATC, business neighbors collect 18,000 items for Paul’s Pantry

Paul’s Pantry representatives and neighborhood food drive participants gather at American Transmission Co. in De Pere to award the coveted traveling trophy.

The holiday season often brings generous donations to non-profit organizations like Paul’s Pantry, which relies solely on community support to feed its many recipients.

But the need doesn’t end after the holidays have passed. In fact, January is the most neglected month for donations to area food pantries, at a time when supplies are already running low after providing holiday meals to those in need.

That’s why, for the second year in a row, American Transmission Co.’s De Pere office joined forces with its business neighbors to collect non-perishable food for Green Bay-based Paul’s Pantry during the month of January.

The drive is a friendly competition to see which business can collect the most items – with the winner receiving a coveted traveling trophy. This year, participating businesses included ATC, WEL Companies, M.J. Electric, Amerilux and Plan Administrators Inc. (PAi).

A total of 17,924 items were collected by the businesses, with ATC employees contributing nearly 1,400. The traveling trophy went to PAi employees, who gathered an impressive 10,475 non-perishable food items.

The real winner, however, is Paul’s Pantry and its recipients. The items will go a long way toward restocking the pantry’s shelves.

“We want to thank each one of the participating businesses, and especially all of the employees, for a very creative and successful food drive,” said Craig Robbins, executive director of Paul’s Pantry. “At a time of year when donations tend to drop off, their generosity will enable us to provide food to the more than 4,000 households registered here at Paul’s Pantry.”