We're proud to announce that First Lutheran member, Dennis Wepler, has been named as Feed My People Food Bank's Volunteer of the Year (Individual) and the Weekend Kid's Meal Packing Teams as the Volunteer of the Year (Group). 

Dennis has served as a crucial member of the Empty Bowls team for many years, inviting the growing number of community food suppliers and restaurant owners to participate in this major fundraiser.  He has also served on the Feed My People board, the FMP building committee, and chaired a highly successful capital campaign as the food bank expanded. With Dennis' leadership and relationship skills, Feed My People has enjoyed increased community awareness regarding their outreach to hungry people in Northwest Wisconsin.

First Lutheran is also proud of the many volunteers who gather to pack and deliver Weekend Kid's Meals, many of them coming from our congregation, Grace and Our Savior's. Because of this program's growth and efficiency, the number of children taking home nutritious foods on weekends has nearly quadrupled within the last year, and the number of locations continues to also increase. The volunteers who participate in this program are a critical link between Feed My People and the students who might otherwise struggle with hunger when school meals are not available. 

Congratulations Dennis and Weekend Kid's Meals volunteers! We celebrate your efforts!