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Local residents are asked to come forward and once again support an annual challenge sponsored by the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.

Executive Director Guy Hansen says the Spring Challenge happens during March and April....

"....we have a person who will match all the contributions, both food and money, that are contributed during March and April. It's not a 1-1 match, it's a smaller match, but it is a match none-the-less and it does help increase the amount of donations we get during these two months...."

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Cans of food are arranged into creative designs, judged, then the food donated to the local food pantry. That's the concept of the 8th Annual ' CANtastic' event, set for March 3 at the Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander.

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen ...

"....this is about a way for groups to come together and have some fun and build some structures out of food, both cans and boxes and the food eventually ends up at the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and we distribute it to the folks in need...."

There's a fundraiser this weekend that benefits two non-profits based in Rhinelander that often help each other.

The annual Harvest Hoedown is Saturday from noon until 6 p.m. at Woodpecker Bar & Grill west of Rhinelander on county highway "K".

The harvest-themed event benefits the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry and NATH/Frederick Place homeless shelter. There will be a pig roast, live music, line dancing,horse-drawn wagon rides, country store, pumpkin patches, face painting, and more, all geared toward a family event.

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Many people donate to food pantries around the holidays, but the time after that finds a bit of a lull.

Each spring the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry invited the public to have financial donations matched. Previously the effort was known as the Feinstein Challenge, but as pantry spokesperson Bill Vancos reports a new donor has stepped forward...

Rhinelander Area Food Pantry

An effort to raise money to help the Rhinelander Community Garden is 'growing' on social media and crowdfunding.

The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry Community Garden has joined in a challenge grant sponsored by Seedmoney, a Maine-based non-profit that helps community gardens with funding.

Tom Jerow is co-chair of the Rhinelander Community Garden and says they need to revitalize the garden and thought this effort would help...

What do you think of when you hear these words: “school lunch.” Can you picture the tray, the milk carton? Whatever your opinion of school cafeteria food, it provide important nutrition for school children, especially those whose homes are food-insecure. Now school is out. WXPR’s Emily Bright looked at what the end of school lunch means for them.

It’s the last week of school at Northland Pines, and Tina Labeau is offering elementary schoolers a choice of fruit and vegetables to go with their twisted chicken alfredo lunches.

Food Pantry Sees Increased Need

Jun 8, 2015

It’s 30 minutes before the Vilas Food Pantry opens, and half a dozen cars are already in the parking lot, waiting for the pantry to open. Donated bread, bakery items, and meat are extra items that don’t count toward a person or family’s allotted total, so it pays to come early.

Vilas Food Pantry Sees Surge In Need

Feb 10, 2015
Emily Bright / WXPR News

Many people think of giving to the food pantry during the holidays.  But high demand at the Vilas Food Pantry continues as winter stretches on.   

The Vilas Food Pantry has seen a surge in the number of families needing its services. Director Richard Short says the food pantry has been able to keep up with the demand so far, thanks to the generosity of the community during the holidays, but hunger is a year-round issue.

Minocqua's Caritas Helps Fill Gaps For Those In Need

Dec 17, 2014
Emily Bright / WXPR News

There are a number of agencies in the Northwoods that help people in need, but when you’re faced with a crisis, it can be difficult to figure out where to go. Who do you call, and how do you pay for gas to get there? One Minocqua organization aims to address that challenge.

Caritas is a one-stop shop for people in Vilas and Oneida Counties in temporary urgent need of help. Run by volunteers and donations, it’s given out more than $23,000 of emergency help to over 250 people since it opened just over a year ago. Sometimes, says volunteer Laurie Glowac,