Local business group donates to NOW program
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – Members of the Marshfield-based CentraNet Chapter of Business Network International recently donated over $3,100 to the Marshfield Area United Way’s Nutrition on Weekends (NOW) program.
The NOW program is a collaborative community effort to target childhood hunger. The program provides healthy, ready-to-eat nutritional foods for children during the weekend. The program was created in response to data collected from Marshfield students as part of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. In 2012, 20 percent of students surveyed indicated that they had gone to bed hungry at least once in the past 30days, because there was not enough food in the home.
Cheryl Sijbrandi, President of Badger Title, spearheaded the fundraising effort. She says the program helps those that really need it. “I care about kids, and we need to support them. Kids aren’t old enough to help themselves,” she said.
Sijbrandi challenged CentraNet’s 35 members to support the program and was “blown away” when the group raised over 40 donations of $78.
“For us, as small businesses, that’s a significant amount. A lot of us in our group are just small,” Sijbrandi said.