RHINELANDER - More than 29 thousand pounds of food will be distributed tonight at Grace Foursquare Church in Rhinelander.
Ruby's Pantry organizers want to make traffic runs smoothly.
The Oneida County Sheriff's department and the Highway department will help Ruby's Pantry to make sure Highway 17 is clear.
Last time Ruby's Pantry came to Rhinelander, traffic was backed up past Menards.
"The DOT put up a big sign out there by Menards saying Slow Traffic Ahead and things like that. We reconfigured how you can get into the parking lot so things are working much smoother tonight," said John Roe, of Ruby's Pantry.
Shuttle buses will be going to the Church from Menards to avoid too many cars from going through the parking lot.
With this new traffic management plan, Ruby's Pantry organizers expect a successful turnout.
"We packed our truck in Waupaca with 29,333 pounds of food and we are expecting 400 families to come through our lines today," said Roe.
Ruby's Pantry doesn't care if people have used another pantry or aren't considered low income.
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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