FORK Cares plans food for students during spring break
FORK Cares, a nutritional support program managed and funded by Feed Our Rural Kids Inc., (FORK) was created to provide children in eastern and central Vilas County a supplemental food source while they do not have access to school-delivered nutrition programs, including spring, summer and winter breaks.
“During the pandemic, school districts have been provided additional flexibility in providing nutritional support to children through federally funded programs,” said Scott Foster, Northland Pines School District administrator and vice president of FORK. “This means that children can receive nutritional support during the weekdays they are away from school on vacation.”
FORK Cares is planning those extra meals during spring break in the Northland Pines and Phelps school districts.
“In adjusting to this ever-changing landscape, FORK has modified its meal-a-day support to children during their scheduled breaks,” added FORK Cares Chairman Rick Miech. “We will now provide supplemental meal boxes to be shared by the children and their families.”
These FORK Cares boxes are picked up by qualified families at the school or the boxes are delivered to the children’s homes when necessary.
“Multiple plans are now being made for what this summer break from school might bring,” Miech continued. “We hope that as things return to some new version of what will be normal, but no matter what the case, FORK Cares will still be here to provide support the kids from food insecure homes.”
Individuals who would like to support children from food insecure homes can donate online at feedourruralkids.org.
FORK is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations can be tax deductible under IRS guidelines.