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Program aims at childhood hunger around the worldSubmitted: 10/19/2013

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter
afox@wjfw.com


MINOCQUA - Hunger can make people desperate. One out of every eight people in the world don't get enough food or nutrition.

That's why hundreds of people gathered at Lakeland Union High School Saturday to pack meals with rice, minerals and other nutritious items.

Some like John Neisen, who works with the Food for Kidz organization based in Stewert,Minn, have seen the struggle of malnutrition first hand.

"I have seen little kids (overseas) digging in garbage piles," Neisen said. "If there is one thing that this (event) can prevent is having those kids eat off of garbage piles."

Food for Kidz formed nearly a decade ago to help get meals to malnourished children around the world. Workers pack meals with rice, minerals and other nutritious items. The bags hold 6 meals.

John Breiten and a friend organized the first Food for Kidz event in Minocqua six years ago.

"What we find is that the kids overseas are just so malnourished, that this special diet was developed for this particular packing," Breiten said.

Barbara Logan has volunteered for every Food for Kidz drive in Minocqua. She enjoys the event because it pulls the community closer together.

"I like the fact that it involves people from about three-years-old to old people who are great-grandparents and so forth," Logan said. "They are all working around the table and all working for the common goal."

Volunteers hoped to bag more than 150 thousand meals. Each meal costs about 15 cents. People in the area helped raise $22,500 to pay for the food.

Neisen says the food goes to children in Honduras and Haiti.




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MINOCQUA - You can find tourists all over the Northwoods already for the holiday weekend.

That means area police departments are busy making sure everyone stays safe.

The Minocqua Police Department has all of their officers working extended hours on July 4th, but the police chief says they worry more about safety than law enforcement.

"[The] 4th of July is more family-oriented," says Minocqua Chief of Police Dave Jaeger. "You have a lot of families down there with their children, so we're down there to make sure that it's a safe environment."

Places like Minocqua will be packed with people this weekend, so police just want to make sure holiday events go on safely.

"We mainly focus on, during the parade, we do the re-route, and we have officers on the parade route in case there's any type of issues or accidents that may occur, that we have to respond to," says Jaeger.

The Minocqua Police Department also works with the chamber of commerce and public works to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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The proposal is part of the state budget, which has yet to become law.

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