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The Elcho community wants to make sure no student goes hungry.

The Elcho school district and Elcho Area Food Pantry have been working together to give students free bags of food to take home over the weekend.

Elcho Food Service Director, Charly Ferrigno brought the idea to the board of education, and received enthusiastic support.

After the necessary approval, the first distribution was held on Jan. 10.

About 45 students trickled through the commons area from 3 to 3:30 p.m. to take a prepackaged bag home.

“The bags are all the same but vary each week and they contain breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and all items are either ready to eat or easy to prepare,” Wayne Lemke, president of the food pantry, said.

By the second week the amount of students involved doubled, with over 80 receiving the bags.

Mary Lemke, fundraising coordinator, said they had another 80 bags ready, anticipating another large turn out for the third week.

With no qualifications needed, students can come through and take a bag regardless of their economic or family situation.

“If they want it, they can take it,” said Mrs. Lemke, the students have such great manners and are very grateful when they come through.

The Elcho Area Food Pantry donates the food to the Elcho school district for the students.

The group raises its funds in a variety of ways. In December they volunteer at “Lights of the Northwoods,” in Rhinelander, with all profits earmarked for the food pantry.

To volunteer or donate, call 715 275-5010 or visit their link at: http://bit.ly/ElchoFoodPantry
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From left, Wayne Lemke, president of the Elcho food pantry, Dawn Kratzke, volunteer, Mary Lemke, fundraising coordinator, Ricky Bierdemann, vice president, Greg Patrick, assistant manager, Mary Ann Evans Patrick, secretary, Charly Ferrigno, food service director for the Elcho school district, with the bags of food, ready for distribution.

Elcho school, local pantry create weekend meal packets
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The Elcho community wants to make sure no student goes hungry.

The Elcho school district and Elcho Area Food Pantry have been working together to give students free bags of food to take home over the weekend.

Elcho Food Service Director, Charly Ferrigno brought the idea to the board of education, and received enthusiastic support.

After the necessary approval, the first distribution was held on Jan. 10.

About 45 students trickled through the commons area from 3 to 3:30 p.m. to take a prepackaged bag home.

“The bags are all the same but vary each week and they contain breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and all items are either ready to eat or easy to prepare,” Wayne Lemke, president of the food pantry, said.

By the second week the amount of students involved doubled, with over 80 receiving the bags.

Mary Lemke, fundraising coordinator, said they had another 80 bags ready, anticipating another large turn out for the third week.

With no qualifications needed, students can come through and take a bag regardless of their economic or family situation.

“If they want it, they can take it,” said Mrs. Lemke, the students have such great manners and are very grateful when they come through.

The Elcho Area Food Pantry donates the food to the Elcho school district for the students.

The group raises its funds in a variety of ways. In December they volunteer at “Lights of the Northwoods,” in Rhinelander, with all profits earmarked for the food pantry.

To volunteer or donate, call 715 275-5010 or visit their link at: http://bit.ly/ElchoFoodPantry
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From left, Wayne Lemke, president of the Elcho food pantry, Dawn Kratzke, volunteer, Mary Lemke, fundraising coordinator, Ricky Bierdemann, vice president, Greg Patrick, assistant manager, Mary Ann Evans Patrick, secretary, Charly Ferrigno, food service director for the Elcho school district, with the bags of food, ready for distribution.
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