TOMAH — The Tomah Memorial Hospital Foundation donated $5,000 to the Second Harvest Foodbank’s FoodShare program.
The donation from TMH’s philanthropic arm will help Second Harvest increase awareness of and outreach about the program, formerly known as Food Stamps, said FoodShare outreach specialist Brian Larson.
FoodShare Wisconsin allows eligible residents to receive a QUEST Card, which is a debit like card, that is loaded with a person’s FoodShare benefits that can be used at most grocery stores and many farmers’ markets.
From July 2016 through June 2017, Second Harvest assisted with 88 FoodShare Wisconsin applications in Monroe County, including 32 in Tomah. Doing so generated $131,839 in benefits for residents struggling with hunger to buy food.
It also added $235,992 in economic impact in Monroe County, based on U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that every $5 spent in FoodShare benefits generates nearly $9 in local economic activity, Larson said.
Under the program, the USDA will double the foundation’s $5,000 donation to $10,000.