Ben’s Wish hosts back-to-school food drive
Tue, Sep 5, 2017
Ben’s Wish, a local organization dedicated to fighting homelessness and hunger, will host a September food drive to benefit underserved local students. Aurora BayCare Medical Center will be one of the collection locations.
The drive will support the Ben’s Wish Weekend Backpack Program in which Green Bay-area kids receive backpacks of food for the weekend so they attend class each Monday morning fed, and ready to focus on learning, not hunger.
The month-long event will culminate with a dinner fundraiser and auction in October.
A food collection box will be placed at the entrance of the Aurora BayCare Medical Center cafeteria from Tuesday, September 5, through Saturday, September 30.
Other donation sites include Pick ‘n Save stores on Lime Kiln Road, Main Street and Lombardi Access Road, all in Green Bay. At those sites, donors can elect to purchase $5 or $10 food bags to support the drive.
Food drive items sought include, but aren’t limited to:
- Breakfast bars
- Canned fruit
- Canned soups
- Canned vegetables
- Peanut butter
- Spaghetti sauce
- Whole grain noodles
“Food insecurity in our area is more prevalent than you think,” says Becky Delain, a Ben’s Wish organizer. She is a registered nurse with Aurora Health Care. “This food drive helps create awareness of that and gives us a platform on which to help ease hunger issues for many of our area students.”
Ben’s Wish is dedicated to the memory of 11-year-old Ben Delain, who passed away after an ATV accident. His parents, Peter and Becky Delain, created the organization to memorialize their son’s generosity. That generosity is highlighted in an example his mother shares:
“One day he was riding with his cousin when he came across a homeless man asking for food. Ben stopped and searched his snack bag for something to give the man. He pulled out an apple and handed it to him. That was Ben, and that’s why we created Ben’s Wish,” she says.
Contact Ben’s Wish at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or call Becky Delain at 920-265-3732.