RHINELANDER - Feeding the family on a budget gets harder and harder each year. Now imagine feeding a community for a low price. One local Food Pantry looks back on a successful year that met this challenge.
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry served more pounds of food per household than last year. Their total this year was over five-hundred fifty-four-thousand pounds of food. This total was up from last year despite rising food prices and operation expenses.
"The goal for next year or for this year actually for the food pantry of course is to continue to provide food for the hungry people in the Rhinelander Area," says Guy Hansen, Food Pantry Executive Director.
The Food Pantry expects to run into new challenges in 2013. Food prices continue to rise and storing so much food is difficult.
"We do have some space issues here. We're plenty crowded. We're looking into some possibilities for how we might improve that for next year," says Guy Hansen
The Pantry also appreciates all the volunteers that keep the shelves well stocked.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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