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Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Looks Back on Successful YearSubmitted: 02/27/2013

Melissa Constanzer
Morning Meteorologist/Reporter
mconstanzer@wjfw.com

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.



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