As soon as the Kretz volunteers finished filling backpacks last year for the WeekEnd Backpack (WEB) Program; the crew started discussing ways to do more for this very important and necessary joint venture between the Antigo Unified School District and the Antigo Community Food Pantry.
“We made a monetary donation from our Kretz Score for Charity campaign, and brought a crew to help fill backpacks,” said Kretz salesman Jason Brettingen. “Once we learned more about the program, and how many kids throughout the school district relied on these weekly backpacks to get themselves through the weekend … it became obvious to us that we needed to step up our efforts.
This December – besides for sending a crew of packing volunteers and making a nice “Score for Charity” cash donation, the company was able to donate 360 packets (12 cases) of Boy Scouts microwave popcorn that the company purchased from the local troop. “We though what an awesome way to support two great organizations at the same time,” Brettingen added.
The WeekEnd Backpack (WEB) Program helps sustain Antigo’s future through nutritional support and education. From October to May, backpacks are prepared weekly and sent home through Antigo area schools. This year between 300-350 backpacks are filled weekly. They contain easy-to-prepare food, and nutritional information such as recipes, for children and families. Personal hygiene items are also included for high school aged participants. Applications are available through school secretaries and guidance counselors. Cost per child per school year to fund WEB is approximately $160.
About 400 volunteers help this program work, from packing, transporting, and hanging up backpacks to fundraising and coordinating work. If you are interested in volunteering or making a financial contribution please contact Sarah Olafson at [email protected]