School, business team up in free groceries giveaway

In late April, a semi will roll into Ripon with 15,000 pounds of food — enough to give bags of groceries to perhaps 500 families.

All of it will be given away to anyone in need.

No strings attached.

If it seems too good to be true, ask the people volunteering for the effort: representatives from Ripon Middle School and ConAgra Foods (which owns the Ripon cookie factory).

This is a joint effort between the school and ConAgra as part of the annual “ConAgra Cares” outreach program.

“It’s the whole school working on this project,” Catalyst Charter Middle School teacher Sandy Wisneski said. “I think it’s a great opportunity, so we didn’t want to pass on this at all.”

ConAgra Human Resources Manager Margaret Soda said the 15,000 pounds of food will come out of a Feeding America food bank out of Milwaukee.

“It’s a corporate effort and initiative, and now being part of ConAgra foods, the cookie factory here in town has the ability to help offer some of these supports,” she said. “We were able to partner with Feeding America and with the local food pantries, and really connected with the schools to help make this event come here to Ripon ... They’ll bring a full semi trailer here, knowing the potential need in the area and the turnout that we’re hoping to have” ... Find out where and when to go — in the April 17 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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