People in the Fox Cities are trimming hunger, one haircut at a time

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APPLETON, Wis. People in the Fox Cities are 'trimming hunger' in their community, one haircut at a time.

The Trim Hunger cut-a-thon at The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton

Josif Wittnik knew he wanted to do something when he found out students’ hot meals were being replaced with cold ones, if they ran out of money in their school accounts. Wittnik, owns The Salon Professional Academy and Salon CTI in Appleton.

"That was truly something that I didn't want to see anymore and I thought, as much as I can do locally to help, I'm going to do that," Wittnik said.

Now in its fifth year, the cut-a-thon collects food donations and also features a silent auction. For $20, donors can get a haircut or a manicure. Miss Harbor Cities 2018, even stopped in to help.

"Hunger is such a global issue and it's really prevalent in each community and a lot of people know somebody in need and so to be here to be joining forces and coming together with community members, it's really important for having that impact, that universal impact together," said Serena Larie, Miss Harbor Cities 2018.

The money raised will go toward building a greenhouse program for local schools.

"Grade school kids or middle school will have an area where they can grow vegetables to produce that food throughout the year to feed kids in the cafeteria while the school year is going on," said Wittnik.

Wittnik says Sunday’s cut-a-thon would not have been possible without his academy students and CTI Salon employees. A total of 20 stylists came together to volunteer their skills and time to help fight hunger.

"I think it's incredible the amount of people here that are ready to cut hair and do whatever needs to happen. I mean, I think they had a whole wedding party in here already this morning so I think it's really a wonderful thing that they're doing and the amount of staff that's here to help is amazing," said Jill Laskey, who took her three sons to get haircuts during the cut-a-ton.

"I just want to say that it's honorable to me, you know I don't expect anyone to see what I see or want to do what I do, but when you've created the energy and the need and they're recognizing that, I can't tell you how wonderful it is to have," Wittnik says.