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Rhinelander Area Food Pantry gets ready for new fundraiserSubmitted: 04/29/2016
RHINELANDER - Making sure nearly 400 families get enough to eat each month takes a lot of resources.

That's why the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry hopes a new spring fundraiser will help.

The Garden Fresh Salad Bowl will offer a luncheon, raffles and silent auctions.

It's an idea the food pantry and Leadership Oneida County got when the Northwood Turners offered to make wood bowls.

The food pantry's executive director, Guy Hansen, says every little bit of money raised helps.

"We have a budget of between $150,000 and $200,000 a year, so we need to raise that amount of money somehow, and mostly it's by donations from people in the area, but we have now a couple of major fundraisers during the year; the Harvest Hoedown in the fall, along with NATH, and this brand new one in the spring, which we're seeing how is going to work," Hansen said.

Tickets for wooden salad bowls are sold out, but you can still enjoy 11 different salads from area restaurants for a donation.

Garden Fresh Salad Bowl will be at Holiday Acres Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Story By: Anthony DaBruzzi

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