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Baraboo High School students organizing a food drive have the money they need, but now they need helpers.

Seniors Paige Goeckermann and Jenna Kothbauer have raised $10,000 to buy 50,000 meals through Food for Kidz. Now they need volunteers to help pack the food for shipment Saturday to poverty-stricken and war-torn countries. They need 280 helpers beginning at 10 a.m. for the half-day event at the high school.

“Our community has shown its potential and it feels absolutely incredible for Jenna and I to know that we are living in such a wonderful city,” Goeckermann said.

Food for Kidz is a nonprofit that sends prepackaged meals to poor countries around the world. It provides loads of sustainable food — a mixture of protein, rice, vegetables and seasonings — along with packing supplies and an adviser to help volunteers prepare them for distribution.

As co-presidents of the BHS Interact Club, Goeckermann and Kothbauer solicited local businesses and clubs for donations and volunteers. They also took donations online through a GoFundMe drive. A March 4 pie auction at First United Methodist Church raised more than $3,000.

“Many other businesses, clubs, churches and organizations have helped us in our efforts,” Goeckermann said, “and Jenna and I are so excited to show the citizens of Baraboo how people can work together to create an amazing event such as Food 4 Kidz.”

Follow Ben Bromley on Twitter @ben_bromley

Baraboo News Republic Senior Reporter

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