WALLA WALLA -- A coalition of businesses and nonprofits hopes much more than a cup runneth over in a fundraising campaign for the Blue Mountain Action Council's Food Bank.
The group's A Barrel Full of Money fundraiser, which started Wednesday, aims to fill two wine barrels with cash for the food bank, according to a news release.
The fundraiser comes at an opportune time, according to Kathy Covey, community services director for BMAC.
"As everyone knows, the cost of basic essentials, such as food, has risen significantly in recent years. And, the affordability of these basic essentials has been made even tougher in our down economy," Covey said in the release.
Co-sponsors include the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and its member wineries, Alaska Airlines, Baker Boyer Bank, Columbia REA, the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and its members, Integrity Design and Copy Works, the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, Oak Tradition, Olander Design and Olive Marketplace & Caf.
"We felt that through a coordinated effort and working closely with other community partners, we could go further in helping to ease the financial burden many people feel in putting food on the table," Wine Alliance Executive Director Duane Wollmuth said in the release.
"I know that filling two full barrels is a lofty goal, but if we all contribute in a small way or simply empty the change we collect at home in a jar, we can go a long way in helping BMAC's food bank."
The fundraiser will run through Dec. 16. Barrels will be in place at Olive and the Marcus Whitman. Contributions also will be accepted at multiple locations in the area, the release said.