Team FORK aims to highlight information on food insecurity

By Vilas News-Review, Posted on October 10, 2023

FORK President Perry Pokrandt mans a stand at the Abundant Life Church’s recent Candy Carnival. —Contributed Photo

Getting the word out about childhood food insecurity in the North Woods is the single most important objective of Feed Our Rural Kids Inc. (FORK), according to Team FORK Chairperson Mindy Wessel.

Team FORK is a group of volunteers whose role will be to share FORK organizational and support program information with members of the community at various local events throughout the year.

“Without this effort to raise the food insecurity IQ of our community, FORK would be unable to raise the funds necessary to support the kids. Therefore, we invite interested members of the community to join Team FORK,” Wessel said.

The new initiative will become the face of Feed Our Rural Kids across the area, she continued.

“Through this initiative we will be able to reach individuals who could benefit from our food support programs to help their kids, as well as spreading the word to those whose resources could help FORK meet its mission,” Wessel said.

Team FORK is now in the process of setting its 2024 agenda of community events.

Some of the events on the board for consideration include Cranberry Fest, Land O’ Lakes Radar Run, Three Lakes Pumpkin Fest, Sugar Camp Lions Fish Fry, Phelps Music on the Lake, St. Germain Independence Day Celebration, Sayner Trunk-n-Treat, Chain Skimmer waterski shows, and many more.

“Our plan is to be visible in all the communities we serve,” concluded Wessel. “The great thing about Team FORK is our members will be able to set their own schedule throughout the year, as there will be so many opportunities for them to be involved.”

Individuals interested in being a member of the team can contact Wessel at or 630-400-5050 for information on how they can get involved.

More information also is available at When the page opens individuals can just click on the Volunteer link and they will be contacted by a FORK representative, Wessel noted.

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