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Combat Hunger Raises Over 50,000 Meals for Veterans in Need

The 5th annual event benefits veterans in the Fox Valley in collaboration with Woodward Radio Group

IMG 20230629 061531229 HDRJust before the 4th of July Holiday Weekend, Woodward Radio Group, in partnership with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, hosted the 5th annual Combat Hunger that raised enough dollars and pounds of food to provide 52,580 meals for veterans facing hunger in the Fox Valley. 

The event took place at Pick n’ Save on 2700 N. Ballard Rd. in Appleton, WI, with Woodward Radio Group broadcasting live from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m on Thursday, June 29. Members of the community dropped off their food and monetary donations in the bin that benefitted the military branch of their choice (Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy). The Army was the branch that raised the most donations. Donors who came to the event were also able to take photos with a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) brought on site by Oshkosh Defense. 

“Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin cannot express enough gratitude to the men and women who risked their lives to serve our country,” said Patti Habeck, President and CEO of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. “We are extremely grateful to work alongside Woodward Radio Group to make sure veterans in the Fox Valley don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.” 

IMG 20230629 061917456 HDR“Once again, I am so proud of our employee owners, audiences and communities for supporting Feeding America, and specifically, our veterans. A special thank you to our sponsors TDS and Jack’s Maintenance. They are great local community partners,” shared Kelly Radandt, General Manager – Woodward Radio Group.

All of the food and Pick ‘n Save gift cards donated at Combat Hunger benefit Wisconsin Veterans Village Association, Inc., an Appleton-based organization that provides apartments and community to veterans at an affordable cost of living. Veterans Village has a track record of assisting veterans with medical needs, job training, educational attainment, and combatting homelessness. Cash and online donations will be split 50/50 by Veterans Village and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. 


About Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin: 

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading hunger relief organization in the state with locations in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley. Founded in 1982 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a local and independent member of the Feeding America network. Driven by our mission to solve hunger and our vision of a hunger free Wisconsin, we are bringing more people together around the table to collaboratively address the root causes of hunger. Together with our 400+ member organizations, we serve nearly 500,000 people across 35 counties in eastern Wisconsin each year, including 124,000 children and 41,000 seniors. 


About Woodward Radio Group:

Woodward Radio Group is an employee-owned local media company that informs, educates, entertains and connects our communities through audio, video, digital and event content for our audiences and customers. Good People. Real Solutions. Shared Results.