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Walla Walla Valley Wineries, Businesses raise a record-breaking amount for local Food Bank

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WALLA WALLA, WA - The Barrel Full of Money fundraiser reached new heights this holiday season, as more than 60 Walla Walla Valley wineries, area businesses and non-profit organizations teamed up to raise a record-breaking amount of money for the Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) Food Bank. 

During a check presentation at Baker Boyer Bank in downtown Walla Walla on Thursday, December 17, the steering committee presented a check to BMAC for $23,723.77. 

"The amount of money that was raised this year is almost unbelievable," said BMAC Food Bank Director Jeff Mathias. "It's going to buy a whole lot of food for local people in need." 
The BMAC Food Bank distributes an estimated 500,000 pounds of food through pantries in Walla Walla County every year. 

"The Barrel Full of Money fundraiser has become crucially important to the food bank," Mathias said. "We're so grateful for our local wineries and businesses, who truly care about making a difference in the community." 

The Blue Mountain Action Council is a community action partnership agency providing a wide array of services to help people meet their basic essential needs. The BMAC food bank is the regional distribution center for the five local food pantries in Walla Walla County as well as the pantries in Columbia, Asotin, Franklin and Garfield Counties. 

"I'm so proud of our community for pulling together to help those in need," said Duane Wollmuth, Executive Director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. "We set the bar for the fundraiser pretty high this year - and we look forward to supporting the food bank through the Barrel Full of Money for years to come." 
 

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