Redgranite Correctional Institution employees Marie Reilly, Michelle Sonnentag, and Julie Kastein presented Vision 2020 Backpack Nutrition Program Committee Member Jan Novak with funds donated by inmates to fight childhood hunger in Waushara County. The donated funds will be used to purchase food and supplies to provide weekend meals for area elementary students. To learn more about the Vision 2020 Backpack Nutrition Program, volunteer, or make a donation, contact Jan Novak at 920-787-6600 or jan.novak@co.w

Redgranite Correctional Institution fights against childhood hunger

Inmates at the Redgranite Correctional Institution selected the Vision 2020 Backpack Nutrition Program as a recipient of funds raised during their ice cream fundraiser in efforts to address childhood hunger.

The Vision 2020 Backpack Nutrition Program provides weekend meals for economically disadvantaged students in four Waushara County elementary schools. Meals include five non-perishable food items and fresh food coupons for milk, eggs, or bread. The program expects to serve 250 students each week.

Jan Novak, Vision 2020 Backpack Nutrition Program Chair, acknowledged the importance of local donations. Novak said, “The free and reduced lunch rate in area schools is alarming. The rates are an indication of the economic struggles facing many area families. Our program serves students in schools where the free and reduced lunch rate is as high as 68.1 percent. We appreciate the commitment of the inmates at the Redgranite Correctional Institution to help us fight childhood hunger here in Waushara County. Donations from organizations, businesses, churches, fraternal organizations, office groups, sports teams, and individuals provide critical financial support to our program.” The Vision 2020 Backpack Nutrition Program is supported entirely by grants and community donations.

 

Vision 2020, a committee of the Waushara Prevention Council, Inc., works with others in the community to reduce the impact of economic insecurity and build a community of opportunity. To learn more about the Vision 2020 Backpack Nutrition Program, volunteer or make a donation, contact Jan Novak at 920-787-6600 or jan.novak@co.waushara.wi.us.