JANESVILLE, Wisconsin (WMTV) – The Janesville School District is hosting a fundraiser to help feed families while on vacation. On Thursday, October 14, the district will host a cooking demonstration with celebrity chef Ace Champion, based in Green Bay.
The event raises funds for “Bags of Hope” – a program that helps feed 350 families and 50 seniors during the two-week vacation.
“Bags of Hope is a Janesville School District program that helps families during the winter break when students are not in school to get their lunch and breakfast,” said Denise Jensen, Coordinator of the School. program.
Jensen says that for families struggling to put food on the table, “Bags of Hope” means it all.
“They are not used to having their student residence for a period of two weeks,” she said. “When we have students in school, we can give them breakfast and lunch, as we usually do, and families budget for that. So when you have your entire family home for a full two week period, it really impacts their finances and especially them during a financially difficult time of the year during the holiday season, ”
Each year, hundreds of volunteers pack and deliver the equivalent of two weeks of shopping. Last year, this was not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They mostly gave out gift cards instead. But now, the delivery of the bags is back!
“It’s a great feeling to be able to come back to that,” Jensen said. “It is very heartwarming for a community to come together in a project of this magnitude. I know that the volunteers get a lot from it as well as the families who receive the donations ”,
General admission tickets are on sale for the “Cook Like a Champion” for $ 40 right now on the school district’s website. VIP tickets are currently sold out.
The event will take place Thursday, October 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Janesville Armory on High Street.
There’s also a silent auction with items like tickets to the Milwaukee Bucks and tickets to comedian Charlie Berens’ upcoming performances in Whitewater.
Chef Champion has been featured in the past on “The Today Show” and on “Fire Masters” on the Food Network.
NBC15’s “The Morning Show” host Tim Elliott is the emcee.
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