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Wausau food shelter grows garden for summer

The Neighbor's Place continues to give back to the Wausau community, and growing fresh food is just one way they plan to do that this summer.  Newsline 9 visited the organization to learn more.

Located on Scott St., the Neighbor's Place helps people who need food and home supplies. The executive director said families will need more food once kids are out of school and eating lunch at home.

"Summer of course the kids are not in school," Tom Rau said. "And the Wausau, D.C. Everest school districts, and the surrounding school districts, provide a breakfast program for the kids, and then the lunch program."

Summertime means the food bank can get stocked with fresh vegetables and fruits. The Neighbor's Place will have gardens around Wausau for people to collect fresh vegetables.

"This summer we have our community garden," said Rau. "The main part of it is in town, just off Highway K on Falcon Drive, and then we have a small garden in back that's strictly for our pantry."

Not only does The Neighbor's Place supply food to the community, but it also supplies clothing and home goods. The secondhand clothing for all ages includes baby clothes, jeans, and sweaters. Mattresses, plates, mugs, and lamps are just a few of the household items people can find. The Neighbor's Place also has a computer lab, where visitors can use free Wifi for their own tech gadgets or the seven computers that are available to the public.  Visitors can print up to 10 sheets of paper provided by the organization. Community members interested in making donations are always welcomed, especially in the summer.

For more information, visit http://www.neighborsplace.org/.

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