FORK fundraiser brings in over $28,000 for kids

By Vilas News-Review, Posted on September 19, 2023

The community has once again stood with Feed Our Rural Kids Inc. (FORK) in support of its mission to provide nutritional support to children from food-insecure homes within the Northland Pines, Three Lakes, and Phelps school districts by helping to raise more than $28,000 through FORK’s CashFORKids (Cash for Kids) fundraiser in August.

“We are excited to announce that the fourth annual Cash for Kids fundraiser met our goal of funding over 10,000 meals,” explained FORK President Perry Pokrandt. “It is amazing what is possible when our community comes together.”

The monies raised through Cash for Kids in August represent about 30% of FORK’s annual budget.

The Cash for Kids fundraiser was a collaborative effort of all Eagle River financial institutions: Nicolet National Bank, Associated Bank, Ripco Credit Union, Peoples State Bank, IncredibleBank, Great North Bank, and BMO Harris Bank.

During the month of August, customers and non-customers alike contributed toward supporting FORK and their efforts to feed local children.

FORK supports three local programs: FORK Cares, FORK NOW, and the nine local FORK pantries, located at the Eagle River, Land O’ Lakes, Sugar Camp, and Phelps elementary school buildings; at the St. Germain Community Center, Conover Town Hall, and Plum Lake Public Library; and within the Northland Pines Middle and High School, as part of the school district’s The Locker program.

The Cash for Kids fundraiser was coordinated by Lexi Scafaro of IncredibleBank in Eagle River.

“FORK is grateful to Lexi and all Eagle River financial institutions along with their customers for standing with FORK and our mission to feed kids,” Pokrandt concluded.

To learn more about FORK and rural food insecurity, visit

Food insecurity is not a seasonal issue, so FORK collects donations year-round to help support its missions. To donate online, visit, or send checks by mail to: FORK, 4887 Echo Ridge Dr., Eagle River, WI 54521.

Feed Our Rural Kids is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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