Ben’s Wish Weekend Backpack Dinner Fundraiser coming up Oct. 3

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Ben’s Wish asks you to join them to help raise money to help keep school children feed all week long. The weekend backpack program ensures kids who rely on school lunches have food to bring home on the weekend. 

Ben’s Wish Committee members Margo Marquette and Gina Koebke joined Local 5 This Morning’s Brittany Falkers and Nate Stewart with the details on a dinner and auction fundraiser to help keep the program going. 

Ben’s Wish is a non-profit organization that was started to help feed school aged children who have food insecurities.  

“Believe it or no, in our area, there are many students that do not have enough food to sustain them over the weekend when they are not attending school.  We have volunteers who help put weekend food packs together that can be sent home with the students on Friday to ensure they can come back to school on Monday both mentally and physically ready to learn and not be thinking about when they will get their next meal,” Marquette said. 
 
Next week, on Tuesday, October 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. the community is invited to help keep local kids’ fed with a dinner fundraiser and action at the KI Convention center. 

“At this event, we will have volunteers packing weekend packs so our attendees can see how the funds being raised are put to use.  In addition, we will have a dinner, great inspirational speakers, bucket raffles, a silent auction and a live auction,” Marquette said. 

This year we more than 700 students that are in need of the weekend packs.  Each student receives a food pack every weekend during the school year.  Each package contains healthy foods for them to eat throughout the weekend to help alleviate the insecurities these students may have, according to Marquette. 
 
“Poverty levels in our area continue to rise.  Each year the number of students in need of the food packs grows.  When Ben’s Wish first started 7 years ago, we served approximately 140 students.  As mentioned previously, we have over 700 students this school year.  We are serving students in the Green Bay, East DePere, West DePere and Lena school districts at this time and would love to be able to expand to others,” Koebke said.
 
All the food for the weekend food packs is purchased using the funds that we raise through fundraising events.  The food budget for the program this year exceeds $71,000.  Without these fundraising events, Ben’s Wish would not be able to provide food to as many students as they do. 
 
For more information on Tuesday’s event and on Ben’s Wish visit their Web site at benswish.org.

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