Brat and fry sale helps local pantry Submitted: 08/30/2013
Story By Adam Fox

RHINELANDER - People often need help during tough economic times.

Families use resources like food pantries to keep them fed.

But food alone doesn't cover everything they need.

Personal Essentials Pantry in Rhinelander gives toothbrushes, shampoo and other items to families so they can stay clean. The First United Methodist Church cooked brats and homemade fries Friday to help raise money.

That money goes to the pantry.

Al Lewis is one of the cooks at the sale.

"I enjoy doing it," Lewis said. "We get good help through the church and it's for a good cause and it gives a lot of people chance to come and enjoy the french fries, it's a good day."

The fresh french fries usually help the group raise about $500 on a good day.

Lewis hopes more people come out so they can help more families.

"We're getting more and more families all the time," Lewis said. "It's really a good cause for the people that may be down on their luck and need some help."

You can help by dropping by the brat sale outside of Trigs, in Rhinelander Saturday morning. It will be close to the Potatofest tent.

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MINOCQUA - Every year thousands of kids go hungry. 

On Saturday nearly 600 volunteers from the Northwoods decided to help feed some of those children. 

The "Food for Kidz" organization, invited people to Lakeland Union High School, to help package non- perishable goods.

 The packages will be donated worldwide and to nearby food pantries.

Within the past eight years volunteers have packaged one million meals.

 Last year was the first year the organization started donating to local food pantries. 

This year volunteers will give 30,000 meals to the Northwoods community.

"It's just the recurring exuberance of the people that come in and do the packing we have many, repeat people that come year after year," said "Food for Kidz" Co-chairman John Breiten. 

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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.

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"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.

Call John Breiten at 715-686-7570 for more info.

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