180,000 pounds of food being packaged for hungry

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - Hundreds of volunteers filled the Menominee Nation Arena Thursday in Oshkosh to package a massive amount of food for the hungry.

The goal by the end of the day was to have more than 180,000 pounds of pasta, rice, and beans ready to go to area pantries.

"It's a great combination that's both fun and you're doing something that's worthy of use contribution to society," said Dale Feinauer, UW- Oshkosh professor.

The volunteers came from Oshkosh Corp., US Venture, UW-Oshkosh and Miron.

Oshkosh Corp. helped raise money to purchase the supplies.

"This is really about building an army with time and talent," Oshkosh Corp. CEO and president Wilson Jones said. "So we'll have a thousand people through the arena today."

All benefiting Feed America Eastern Wisconsin.

"It involves music, it involves a lot of people," Feeding America Eastern Wiscoinsin's Patti Habeck said. "It involves corporations, and because we put all that together it's a wildly successful event, so it is our biggest."

Feeding America says the 180,000 pounds of food will impact around 180,000 Northeast Wisconsin families.

The packaging continues through 11:00 Thursday night and volunteers are needed after 8:00.

"If you don't have anything to do later today we have some open slots," Jones said. "We'd love to have you come up here and rock some hair nets and do some good stuff for our community."

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