NORTHWOODS - Look around, and you may notice the Northwoods population getting older.
But in most areas, it's also getting smaller.
In the last two years, population has been shrinking in many Northwoods counties.
The U.S. Census bureau released their 2012 population estimates this week.
It shows people are either dying or moving away from the Northwoods faster than they're coming in.
Chances are, migration has made up for the biggest portion of loss since 2010.
"People can move into or out of for a variety of reasons, but trends in migration tend to shift a lot more quickly than natural increase," says U.S. Census Bureau Statistician Ben Bolender.
Counties in red are ones that lost population since 2010.
The deeper the red, the more they lost.
Only four counties on the map actually gained population over that two year stretch.
Population loss in northern Wisconsin is nothing new.
"Although in some years in the past decade some of those counties either grew slightly or stayed the same for a year at a time, that overall decline is kind of the same trend that we've seen since at least 2000," says Bolender.
Statewide, though, Wisconsin gained population since 2010.
Urban centers around Milwaukee and Green Bay account for most of that increase.
MINOCQUA - By the time most of us finish breakfast, we already start planning what to eat for lunch.
For some kids all around the world, that next meal sometimes never comes.
The Food for Kidz Minocqua committee will lend a helping hand to change that Saturday morning.
Lakeland Union High School's common area will transform into a full-blown assembly line.
Food for Kidz volunteers will pour and pack ingredients into plastic bags.
The goal is 175,000 packed meals.
Food for Kidz needs more volunteers by tomorrow to meet that goal.
"If you haven't experienced this, come out and try it and you'll go away with just a great feeling," said Food for Kidz co-chair John Breiten.
Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to walk in to volunteer.
The food packages will be shipped off to anywhere from Honduras to Mozambique.
Some special meals will be set aside and sent to local communities in the Northwoods.
"It's just a great, fun community event. I think the kids especially take something away that they are giving beyond themselves," said Food for Kidz sponsor and Lakeland Union High School Spanish teacher Karen Roerich.
Walk-in volunteers are welcome to attend either packing shift tomorrow morning.
The first shift is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The second shift is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
If you can't make it out to Lakeland Union High School Saturday, donations are always welcome.
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