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Oconto Falls FBLA Students Help Feed the Hungry

Posted at 10:41 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 12:47:18-05
At Kingdom Come Food Pantry in Oconto Falls they're preparing to have lines out the door this holiday season.
 
"If we had enough (food) this aisle way would be stacked about this high with aisles full of meat," explains Kingdom Come Food Pantry board of directors vice president.
 
Instead the aisle is about half full of meat and pantry volunteers are having a hard time finding more to put on the shelves.
 
The holidays are a popular time at the food pantry, but it's also a time when the need is greatest.
 
"Right now we're servicing about 200 family units that come in on a weekly basis," said Boettcher.
 
The need is only growing and although some shelves appear full, others are totally bare and that's where the Oconto Falls High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Food Drive is playing a huge role this holiday season.
 
"We have always partnered, I would say the last 10 years maybe more, with the food pantry to bring in items for them just in time for the holidays," explained Oconto Falls High School business teacher, Tracy Tate.
 
Students are collecting cans, boxed foods and hygiene products to help stock the shelves.
 
"Just to see, even just the people at the food pantry how they react when we deliver all the goods we collected, they're very appreciative," explained Oconto Falls senior, Alex Barribeau.
 
Students say the drive is a lot of work, but it's worth it and pantry volunteers say they couldn't do their job without it.
 
"I mean if we don't have the food, we can't really provide the service that we do," explained Boettcher.
 
The students at Oconto Falls High School will also bake several hundred Christmas cookies for the pantry to hand out to families.