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Local 5 is LIVE at Feeding America telethon

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin has teamed up with Local 5 News and Associated Bank to take a bite out of hunger.
UPDATE  - ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV)  Thursday night, Local 5, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin  and Associated Bank  teamed up,  to ask you to give the gift of food this holiday season  during a special phone bank telethon. And you definitely responded.

From 4 to 7 p.m., during our local news,  we appealed to our viewers to donate enough money to provide 30,000 meals for families, children, seniors and individuals struggling with hunger. In Northeast Wisconsin - that's estimated to be 1 in 8 people.

Those funds are used by  Feeding America,  an organization that provides food to over 200 food pantries and meal programs in 27 counties in Northeast Wisconsin alone.

By the end of the night,  you all donated enough money for nearly 34,000 meals and now, many lives will be changed.

"It's important for people to know hunger is right here in your own community," said Bonnie Bellehumeur, president of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. "Otherwise people don't recognize it and understand it - Feeding America is making a huge difference for those individuals."

"Just the fact that you can say there is a need and have so many people respond to it -  is so overwhelming to me and it does, it makes me want to cry," said phone bank volunteer, Naomi Petersen-Falbo.

 Over 330,000 people depend on the food that Feeding America provides. Last year, the group distributed 6.5 million pounds of food - in Northeast Wisconsin.

Local 5 thanks you all - for your kind support!

For more information, visit http://www.feedingamericawi.org/

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WFRV) - Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin has teamed up with Local 5 News and Associated Bank to take a bite out of hunger.

Local 5's Chelly Boutott is live at the phone bank at Associated Bank in Ashwaubenon.

The number to call to make a donation is (920) 491-5000.

For more information, visit http://www.feedingamericawi.org/



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