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Music is Helping to Feed Northeast Wisconsin

Volunteers pack food purchased with help from Feed the Body, Feed the Soul benefit concerts on...
Volunteers pack food purchased with help from Feed the Body, Feed the Soul benefit concerts on October 13, 2017 (WBAY photo)(WBAY)
Published: Oct. 13, 2017 at 3:21 PM CDT
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Music is helping to feed the hungry across Northeast Wisconsin thanks to the "Feed the Body, Feed the Soul" benefit concerts back in August which raised nearly $100,000.

Food and music are making perfect harmony at Feeding America in Appleton. As the money raised from the "Feed the Body, Feed the Soul" initiative back in August, during Mile of Music, has paid off.

"This is a quarter of a million pounds of bulk rice, enough to hold the sixteen counties in Northeast Wisconsin have rice on, the pantries being able to offer it for an entire year and this is a massive undertaking and the community stepped up in a really big way," says Patti Habeck from Feeding America.

Volunteers from Oshkosh Corporation, which sponsored "Feed the Body, Feed the Soul" are being joined by others in the community to pack bag after bag, box after box, and pallet after pallet of rice for food banks and pantries across our area.

Tim Kippenhan from Miron Construction was one of the volunteers. He said, "Best part is it's a competition, you see the teams working against each other, how many bags they can actually pack it's fun to watch it and seeing the excitement of our employees, it's great."

What's most rewarding for those who are not only volunteering, but who are also supporting the cause is knowing the difference this initiative will make for families across the region.

"It has exceeded our expectations, but we knew this community would step up, they always do and it's something different and we just want to keep growing it," adds Wilson Jones from Oshkosh Corporation.

Volunteers are packing rice for a full 24-hours and more volunteers are still needed for the 10pm to 1am shift Friday night and then the 5-8am shift on Saturday. Anyone interested in helping, just come on down to the Feeding America facility on Evergreen Drive and they will get you registered.