WAUSAU - For 30 years Feeding America has put food on the table for families in need in Wisconsin.
Recently we asked you to help out. You may have seen the promotion we’ve been running all month long with Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley and his wife Courtney Finley, alongside Newswatch 12’s Kailey Burton, asking you to donate to the Defeat Hunger Bowl.
"What that is, is to help us restock our shelves after the busy holiday season so we can put food back on our shelves and help it get out to those in need, " said Patti Habeck with Feeding America, Eastern Wisconsin.
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin supplies food to shelters and food pantries in 36 counties, from the Northwoods past Milwaukee. Each year they help feed 330,000 people.
"That's 105,000 children. Its 33,000 seniors, and a lot of families that just need that extra help, and that's what these donations do. They just give families a little extra help," said Habeck.
Saturday, January 26th, you can join Johnsonville Brats and Coca Cola at the Walmart in Wausua from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and chow down for a cause. A brat and a drink will be $2 with all proceeds going to Feeding America.
"You know a little bit, a $2 donation goes a long ways, to helping someone out. Sounds like a little bit when you're giving a couple cans of Chef Boyardee, but for someone that's a whole day’s worth of food," said JP Doyle, Manager at Wausau’s Rib Mountain Walmart.
It's not too late to give a food donation either! You can drop off cans and boxes of dried food, in the Defeat Hunger Bowl bins at your local Walmart. They'll be taking donations until the end of January.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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