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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 organizational mission to include providing nutritional support to children from food insecure homes across Vials and Oneida Counties has led us to reimagine the role of the FORK Endowment Fund toward that goal. Of course we continue to see it as a legacy of hope for generations of kids to come. Though now we see it's role as being a resource focused on providing support to both the programing efforts of Feed Our Rural Kids as well as financially supporting the best practices of other organizations who also are feeding kids in our area.

“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

The FORK Endowment Fund was created specifically to meet the chronic long-term financial challenges faced by all the nonprofit organizations within FORK's jurisdiction who provide nutritional support to children from food insecure homes.

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 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.

“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 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.

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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 FORKEndowment@FeedOurRuralKids.org

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

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Meet the FORK Endowment Committee

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Nancy Schuller

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

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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.”

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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.”

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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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