© 2023 WXPR
Mirror of the Northwoods. Window on the World.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Tomorrow's Kids Endowment Fund Receives $50,000 Matching Grant to Kick Off Fundraising Campaign


A few weeks ago, Feed Our Rural Kids embarked on an effort to raise a million dollars for an endowment fund to ensure local children have enough to eat today and into the future.

The fundraising effort is off to a strong start, with a local couple promising to match the first $50,000 raised.

Margaret Baack and Mike McAdams are all about food.

“It’s such an important aspect in everyone’s life,” Baack said.

A trained French Chef, McAdams owned a restaurant, and the couple established a grocery store in Land O’ Lakes.

“It was a food desert,” Baack said. “Our town for three years hadn’t had a grocery store and it was really a hardship for a lot of local people who didn’t have enough money to drive 20 miles to get to a decent grocery store.”

Baack said investing in the grocery store to meet a common need felt meaningful.

“How wonderful it made us feel to put our money to work in our community instead of just keeping it piled up in an investment account somewhere,” she said.

That’s why the couple is continuing to give.

This week Baack and McAdams announced that for every dollar FORK raises, they’ll match it – up to $50,000.

“We would love to be able to give a million dollars,” Baack said. “Well, we can’t do a million dollars but we’re hoping community members can follow suit.”

Perry Pokrandt, FORK’s president, said this money will not only support FORK’s current programs, but will ensure these programs are sustained into the future.

For information on the Tomorrow’s Kids Endowment Fund, visit their website: https://www.feedourruralkids.org/tomorrowskids.html

Erin Gottsacker worked at WXPR as a Morning Edition host and reporter from December 2020 to January 2023. During her time at the station, Erin reported on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.
Related Content