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

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter

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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