— Food panties in Hartland and Oconomowoc collected nearly 9,000
pounds of food and more than $10,000 in cash as part of the
Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train program this holiday
train’s stop in Hartland this year yielded 5,000 pounds of food
and $2,000 in cash from community members alone for the Hartland
Area Food Pantry and the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry at the
St. Charles Parish. The pantries collected another $4,000 check
from the railroad, Hartland Area Food Pantry President Joy Vilter
Hartland pantry itself serves 375 people twice a month.
last Wednesday we had 61 families in one day,” Vilter said.
Oconomowoc, the train’s visit resulted in about 3,900 pounds of
donated food and just under $5,017
cash from community members, said Liz Lubner, treasurer of the
Oconomowoc Food Pantry.
pantry is open three times a week, and can feed over 20 families a
day on those days.
did not a have a total for the railroad’s donation on Friday, as
the pantry was still expecting its check.
was amazing. The community was so generous, the city went way
above,” Lubner said.
1999, the Holiday Train has raised more than 4 million pounds of
food and $13 million Canadian dollars — about $10.2 million
American dollars — for food pantries across Canada and the
United States, the railroad’s website states.