Volunteers needed for Food for Kidz meal-packing eventSubmitted: 10/16/2017
Story By Katie Thoresen

Volunteers needed for Food for Kidz meal-packing event
MINOCQUA - For one Saturday in October, the cafeteria at Lakeland Union High School is transformed. 

Instead of a place to feed teenagers, it becomes a place to package meals for thousands of people all around the world.

"It is just phenomenal to watch," said Susie Breiten.

Susie and her husband, John, took over organizing the Food for Kidz event in Minocqua seven years ago.

They bring in the truck, set up the tables, and organize the volunteers.

"Seeing 600 volunteers show up on a Saturday, it just gives you an overwhelming feeling of maybe we're doing to something to help," John said.

It's an overwhelming feeling, but also an overwhelming amount of work.

"It got the point where it was just too much," Susie said. 

With the Breitens' help, the Lac du Flambeau Lions Club will take over organizing the event.

"It seemed to be a perfect fit for our club," said Lions Club member Jon Berg. 

Berg says the club wants to keep up the quality of the program the Breitens have made, including the amount and age range of the volunteers.

"We've got kids that are packing from 3 to 93 side by side, and it's a beautiful thing to see," said Berg.

Volunteers will package more than 175,000 meals in just four hours. About 55,000 of those meals will go to local food pantries right here in the Northwoods.

"By being involved we make a little dent, we put a drop in that bucket, and every drop counts," said Berg.

The Food for Kidz event will be held on Saturday, October 28 at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

Volunteers can sign up beforehand or just show up on the day of. 

They need people for two shifts: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 10 a.m. to noon. They'll also need people to help load the truck and clean up starting at noon. 

You can call Jon Berg to sign up at 715-365-5838. They'll also take monetary donations to help buy the supplies. Checks made out to Food for Kidz can be sent to 8076 Mercer Lake Rd, Minocqua, WI 54548.

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