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Feed Our Rural Kids Expands Reach of Endowment Resources

Feed Our Rural Kids (FORK) is excited to announce the FORK Endowment Fund Now Set to Help Feed Kids Across Vilas and Oneida Counties.

The expansion of FORK’s Endowment Fund mission means that they now provide their annual financial support to both FORK managed programs as well as to many programs run by otherr food support organizations across all of the Northalnd Pines, Three Lakes, and Phelps School Districts. This expansion of our origninal mission means that we will be supporting the best practices of other organizations in our area who are also feeding kids. Now more than ever we see the FORK Endowment Fund as a legacy of hope for generations of kids to come.

“The wonderful thing about the FORK Endowment Fund is that it's built to meet both the needs of children today and tomorrow. We meet the needs of today’s children through our annual distribution of fund assets in support of area organizations that also work to feed children. While we ensure the sustainability of the community's future efforts to feed kids through growth of the fund’s portfolio conservatively invested over time.”

Nic Weight - FORK Endowment Committee Chairmen

TThe FORK Endowment Fund can now help to meet the chronic long-term financial challenges faced by all the nonprofit organizations providing nutritional support to children from food insecure homes within FORK's jurisdiction.

A simple way for you to understand this is that the FORK Endowment Fund stands as financial security into tomorrow and beyond for all those whose hearts are touched by the nutritional needs of children from food insecure homes.

“This is our Northwoods, It is where we live, work, and play. Together, we can make it a better place to live for children from food insecure homes."

Perry Pokrandt – President of Feed Our Rural Kids

This endowment provides FORK an opportunity to create a sustainable future for children from across an entire northwoods community. That is a reality where organizations from our area can continue their efforts in support of children; but do so with a confidence in the sustainability of their cause.


FORK continues "Phase One" Capital Campaign

Children are hungry everyday, this is why the FORK Endowment was built both for children hungry today, and also for those children who will be hungry tomorrow.

Currently the FORK Endowment fund is working to raise $1,000,000.00 by February of 2025. This "Phase One" Capital Campaign is our first step in ensuring that the needs of hungry children will continue to be met for decades into the future.

If your heart goes out to children challenged by food insecurity, then join us by contributing online or by mail. The link to donate online is found below.

Individuals who have questions related to FORK's effort to feed children can reach out via email to

Or call Perry Pokrandt at 715-410-8167, or Nic Weight at 715-617-0364.


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Meet the FORK Endowment Committee


Nancy Schuller

“FORK stands for food security for children today, the FORK Endowment Fund will stand for financial security for those efforts into tomorrow."


Brian Fitz

“As the Business Manager with the Northland Pines School District, my wife has provided me with clear insight into the tremendous impact made by FORK programs through the worst of the pandemic. I personally wanted to be involved in preserving the future those programs as well as other efforts across the community in the future.”


Jed Lechleitner

“I hope my involvement will make an impact on the families in our communities. As one part of this committee, I believe that our support of children will help generations of our local kids to grow up strong and confident.”


Nic Weight

“I was inspired by the incredible work FORK was accomplishing within the community. I’m honored to be a part of such a tremendously impactful program for our local community.”

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Kathy Schmitz

"As a co-founder of the non-profit Okoa Toto Children’s Home in Kenya, I have always had a passion to help children in difficult circumstances. Now I have the opportunity to be part of an area wide effort to support children from food insecure homes."

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