Marshall Foods4Kids hosts annual fundraiser

Photo by Jody Isaackson Nathaniel Rowell, 2, of Marshall enjoyed his spaghetti lunch with gusto at the Marshall Food4Kids fundraiser Sunday. The fundraiser helps feed hungry Head Start and elementary students over the weekend. Rowell will be celebrating his third birthday in just a few days.

MARSHALL — Even before the 10:30 a.m. start time, people lined up to help support a local fundraiser that benefits underprivileged children in the Marshall Community.

People from the surrounding area sat down inside the Living Word Lutheran Church building for this year’s Food4Kids annual spaghetti feed to not just enjoy good food and fellowship, but to also help pack bags for the food assistance program that services Head Start and elementary students.

“This is our main fundraiser,” Marshall Food4Kids Communications Chair Chris Rowell said as he served coffee during the event. “Proceeds from the spaghetti dinner go to purchase the food for the program.”

The program provides food support to elementary school students by sending home a bag of healthy snacks for the weekend, he said.

The program started in 2013 serving 98 children and grew to more than 200 students in less than a year. About 400 children are currently enrolled and more are regularly being added as funding allows.

The food is packed by volunteers and delivered to schools weekly, according to the organization’s web site. It is a 100 percent volunteer organization.

Approximately 14,400 bags were packed and delivered during the 2014-15 school year, and the number of students aided each year keeps growing, the organization said.

Any child in Head Start or any Marshall Public School student who wants extra food assistance for the weekend, with a parent or guardian’s consent, is eligible to participate in this program.

Food4Kids provides, non-perishable, kid-friendly foods, such as granola bars, cereal, crackers, trail mix, juice boxes, raisins, apple sauce and mixed fruit cups.

Sponsoring churches are Cornerstone United Methodist, Good Shepherd Lutheran and Living Word Lutheran. The packing and storage facility is provided by Agape Fellowship.

The Marshall Food4Kids program is made possible in part by donations from foundations and companies such as Modern Woodmen and organizations such as United Way as well as the community.

For more information, please call or text 507-401-5554 or email them at