Many hands make light work

It takes many hands to make light work. In order to organize, prepare, and serve a free meal for hundreds of individuals in one night, it’s takes an entire community. 

Since the start of the pandemic, community volunteers have put their hands to work consistently serving nutritious meals, and doing so safely, to feed those in need. Not only have the numbers of meals served increased, but so have expenses due to the unforeseen need for to-go containers. 

To help offset these costs, Oakdale Electric Cooperative partnered with CoBank, a member owned cooperative bank, to contribute nearly $20,000 to six community meal sites across the cooperative’s service territory.  The communities of La Valle - Potter’s Meal, Mauston – Sharing Supper, New Lisbon – Community Supper, Pittsville – Community Friendship Meal, Tomah – Community Table, and Warrens – Community Meal each received a $3,300 donation to use towards the costs of foods, supplies, and equipment to continue nourishing the members of their communities. 

“Oakdale Electric Cooperative recognizes the passionate dedication of the countless volunteers across all of our communities working hard to feed those in need. It takes many hands, working together, to make these meals happen month after month,” stated PR & Communications Specialist Deana Protz.  She furthered, “We thank, and appreciate, all volunteers for their commitment to their communities!”

This is the ninth year for this cooperative program. CoBank is a member owned cooperative bank of which OEC is a member. The “Sharing Success” program matches contributions by cooperative members to the non-profit organizations of their choice on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

For further information, including hours and location, of each community meal site, visit or call 800-241-2468.


Contact Name:  Deana Protz, PR & Communications Specialist

Contact Information: | 608-372-8831