Ben’s Wish food drive at Fire Over the Fox in Green Bay

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Hunger is a real issue in our community, but with a simple donation this 4th of July you can help make a huge difference.  Ben’s Wish is again asking for your help to feed the hungry with a food drive at Fire Over the Fox.

Along the Fox River a father remembers his 11-year-old son Ben, whose kindness while driving through Wausau with a cousin in 2007 helped feed a man holding a sign – asking for food.  

“We have to slow down, we have to help this man,” was what Peter Delain recalls said his son said to his cousin. “They slowed down and they tossed the man an apple my wife had packed in Ben’s backpack.”

Tragically days after Ben’s act of kindness he died in an ATV accident. To keep his memory alive  his parent’s started Ben’s Wish, an organization determined to fight hunger.

“There are 26 pantries in the Green Bay area around here and we need to support people that could just use a little extra help,” said Delain.

Since 2008 Ben’s Wish has been collecting tens of thousands of pounds of non-perishable food items each 4th of July in downtown Green Bay.  Peter Delain is asking for the public’s help again with collection bins on both sides of the Ray Nitchke Bridge.

“Pantries are really in need in the summer and that’s why this food drive fits for helping the pantries,” Delain said.

Like this one at First United Methodist Church which helped feed 9,200 families last year. 

“It allows us to save some money and also provide good healthy meals for our families,” said Pantry Director Vicki Hoell.

It is a food drive to fight food insecurity in our community – dedicated to the memory of a little boy with a tender heart.

“The community support would be appreciated to remember this young mans generosity toward somebody in a little bit of need, who could use a little bit of help,” Delain said.

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