FORK program expands into Three Lakes School District

By Vilas News-Review, Posted on May 24, 2022

Three Lakes Lions Club Treasurer Don Meeder presents a check for $500 in support of FORK’s planned expansion into the Three Lakes School District. —Contributed Photo

A new partnership between Three Lakes School District and Feed Our Rural Kids (FORK) will help bring children from food-insecure homes a higher level of nutritional support, announced Three Lakes School District Administrator Teri Maney.

FORK was established in May 2019, for the purpose of providing nutritional support to school-aged kids from food-insecure homes within the Northland Pines School District. In September 2020, FORK expanded its mission to include children from birth through age 4. Then, in February 2021, FORK added the Phelps School District to its jurisdiction.

FORK currently manages five different nutritional support programs: FORK Cares, Meals Now, Formula Support Program, Jumpstart, and nine Children’s Pantry locations across the Northland Pines, Phelps and Three Lakes school districts.

“Adding the Three Lakes School District to the area we serve is the most natural next step,” said FORK President Perry Pokrandt. “As our country experiences an ever-expanding food crisis, being able to make this move at this time is even more necessary.”

Maney added that the entire educational team is looking forward to this opportunity to work with FORK to provide added nutritional support to students from food-insecure homes.

“This partnership will make a difference in helping our children challenged by food insecurity to be as successful as possible within the Three Lakes School District’s learning environment,” said Maney.

Pokrandt noted that community support is key in providing these programs.

“This expansion of FORK programming into the Three Lakes School District was originally envisioned and planned for as part of our long-range plan for this organization,” he said. “However, we could not take such a big step forward without the support of the Three Lakes School District and the community as a whole.”

FORK is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit feedourruralkids.org and register for FORK’s annual newsletter, or find FORK on Facebook.

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