Howards Grove High School Football Sophomore Raises 2,918 Pounds of Food for Sheboygan County Food Bank: Weekly Dose

Howards Grove sophomore linebacker Mason Stoeckigt led a local campaign that raised 2,918 pounds of food for the Sheboygan County food pantry.

SHEBOYGAN — Over the past few years, Howards Grove High School football coach Mark Maranell has established the expectation that to be a leader on the field, his team captains must first learn and do showing leadership off the pitch.

One of the components of becoming Tigers captain is for interested players to create and run a community service event.

This year, second linebacker Mason Stoeckigt aspires to lead his team as captain. As such, he reached out to Liz Kroll, senior director of programs and community impact at the Sheboygan County Food Bank, to see if there was a way for him and his teammates to organize and store the donations. entering the pantry.

Kroll shared with Stoeckigt that there wasn’t really a need to organize and stockpile, as needs were high this year and donations were dwindling.

Hearing this, Stoeckigt started thinking about how he could help. He decided to organize a stuff-the-bus event.

Working with her coaches, school administrators and many others, Stoeckigt organized her high school event. Not only did Stoeckigt engage his team and his community, but he also reached out to other high schools in the county. He also coordinated his efforts with the Howards Grove PTO Spring Carnival and had players and teachers sit in a dunk tank. A tin can allowed revelers to dip a player or a teacher.

In total, Stoeckigt’s effort collected 2,918 pounds of food for the pantry.

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Acuity Health Challenge coming July 15: The 2023 Acuity Health Challenge will take place on July 15, and proceeds will support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Family Birthing Center at Aurora Medical Center in Sheboygan County.

The challenge includes a 2 mile or 5k run/walk, with donation and virtual run alternatives.

The challenge marks its 11th year in 2023. The course takes place on the Acuity campus at 2800 S. Taylor Drive in Sheboygan, and parking will be available.

The event begins at 8 a.m. and age-group prizes will be awarded to winners in each category, from 14 and under to 65 and over.

FILE - View of a previous Acuity Health Challenge.

FILE – View of a previous Acuity Health Challenge.

The event also includes a vendor display at the start/finish line as well as a performance by the Sheboygan South High School Drumline.

The early bird registration fee for the Acuity Health Challenge is $20 until June 25, then $30 until July 13. Same-day registration is available for $35. To learn more or register for the challenge, visit or

Wings and Wheels will be offering a special Father’s Day pancake breakfast: The 30th annual Wings and Wheels event returns to Sheboygan County Memorial Airport from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 18.

The free-entry event will include airplane rides, a display of classic cars and tractors, model trains, vintage wooden boats and rockets for schools.

A Father’s Day pancake breakfast, with all-you-can-eat pancakes, will run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children 6 and under, and free for children under 2 and pilots who fly.

Food trucks will also be on site. The airport is located at N6191 Resource Drive, Sheboygan Falls.

Food bank names cafe after Herb Kohler and Natalie Black: Over the past six years, the Sheboygan County Food Bank has experienced significant growth in its ability to better meet emergency food needs by adding staff, programs, food purchases, equipment and collaborations.

During this development, Herb Kohler and Natalie Black provided gifts to SCFB to help achieve its mission, according to a press release.

Kohler’s contributions have been essential for SCFB to meet the increased demand for emergency food over the past few years and also help support his new program, the Herb Kohler and Natalie Black Community Café, which centralizes a free meal. service at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Sheboygan and serves homeless neighbors.

The cafe, recently named after Kohler and Black to honor and recognize their support, welcomes everyone Monday through Saturday for free hot meals during lunch hours.

It also functions as a space for people to connect with other community organizations and resources, including safe housing options, job leads, mental health support, childcare opportunities and meal delivery programs.

Pastor John and Nancy volunteer at the Herb Kohler and Natalie Black Community Café.  It's open for lunch Monday through Saturday with free hot meals.

Pastor John and Nancy volunteer at the Herb Kohler and Natalie Black Community Café. It’s open for lunch Monday through Saturday with free hot meals.

In 2022, SCFB served an average of just under 250 meals to individuals at the cafe each week. SCFB also provided 3,200 families with nutritious and fresh food each month through its food pantry network and other partners, compared to 2021 when 2,000 families were served per month. This represents a 60% increase in the number of local families searching for food between 2021 and 2022.

SCFB finds that the demand for emergency food continues to rise in 2023. Supply chain issues, inflation and high food prices, and declining Medicaid and housing benefits are the current challenges and new to the origin of this request. In March, FoodShare benefits put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic returned to their normal amount, resulting in an average loss of $221 per month for registered families struggling with hunger. SCFB estimates that hundreds more families across Sheboygan County will soon be in crisis and dependent on its services.

SCFB held a special celebration at the cafe earlier this month for its one-year anniversary with Sheboygan Mayor Ryan Sorenson.

The food bank is in constant need of volunteers. People 12 and older can help prepare and prepare light meals, serve lunch, greet guests and clean up. Find more information at

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