Packers Foundation gets behind FORK Pantry Project

By Vilas News-Review, Posted on November 28, 2023

The Packers Foundation Trustees have completed their review of the applications submitted during this year’s grant cycle and have chosen to recognize the efforts of Feed Our Rural Kids Inc. (FORK) with a grant in the amount of $4,000.

This grant is designated specifically for the FORK Pantry program, which currently manages 10 standalone food pantries within local schools and other public buildings in Vilas and Oneida counties.

“FORK is grateful to be recognized for our efforts to nutritionally support children from food-insecure homes within the Northland Pines, Phelps, and Three Lakes school districts,” said FORK President Perry Pokrandt. “This says a lot about the value of what we do.”

Each FORK Pantry location provides a five- to seven-day a week resource for parents, guardians, or educators to access food for the children in their care.

“As for eligibility parameters, that’s simple — we invite the caregiver to take what they need,” Pokrandt stated.

FORK pantries are located within the Eagle River, Land O’ Lakes, and Sugar Camp elementary school buildings. There are also locations in Conover Town Hall, the St. Germain Community Building, the Plum Lake Public Library, the Phelps school, and within the administrative office entrance of the Three Lakes School District.

FORK’s two newest locations can be found within the Northland Pines Middle and High School as part of the “Locker” program and within the Northland Pines SOAR High School as part of the “Closet” program.

Individuals interested in learning more can visit

Feed Our Rural Kids is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations made to FORK are tax-deductible. Anyone who would like to include FORK as part of their end-of-year giving can visit for more information.

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