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Chow Down and Help Defeat Hunger in WisconsinSubmitted: 01/28/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


WAUSAU - For 30 years Feeding America has put food on the table for families in need in Wisconsin.

Recently we asked you to help out. You may have seen the promotion we've been running all month long with Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley and his wife Courtney Finley, alongside Newswatch 12's Kailey Burton, asking you to donate to the Defeat Hunger Bowl.

"What that is, is to help us restock our shelves after the busy holiday season so we can put food back on our shelves and help it get out to those in need, " said Patti Habeck with Feeding America, Eastern Wisconsin.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin supplies food to shelters and food pantries in 36 counties, from the Northwoods past Milwaukee. Each year they help feed 330,000 people.

"That's 105,000 children. Its 33,000 seniors, and a lot of families that just need that extra help, and that's what these donations do. They just give families a little extra help," said Habeck.

Saturday, January 26th, you can join Johnsonville Brats and Coca Cola at the Walmart in Wausua from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and chow down for a cause. A brat and a drink will be $2 with all proceeds going to Feeding America.

"You know a little bit, a $2 donation goes a long ways, to helping someone out. Sounds like a little bit when you're giving a couple cans of Chef Boyardee, but for someone that's a whole day's worth of food," said JP Doyle, Manager at Wausau's Rib Mountain Walmart.

It's not too late to give a food donation either! You can drop off cans and boxes of dried food, in the Defeat Hunger Bowl bins at your local Walmart. They'll be taking donations until the end of January.


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