J. Rettenmaier USA Friday Pack Donation Tradition

Food donations collected at J Rettenmaier. Shown from left to right: Jill Strake of Schoolcraft Friday Pack, Thorsten Willmann and Jack Rodriguez of JRS USA, Dan and Mollie Hartleib of On Purpose Branding, Alicia Abfall of Schoolcraft Friday Pack, Pam Berner of JRS USA and Toni Rafferty of Schoolcraft Friday Pack. Not pictured are Dave and Sally Rice of the Rice Group.

J. Rettenmaier USA (JRS USA) asked fellow local businesses in Schoolcraft to join it in collecting non-perishable food items. On Purpose Branding and the Dave Rice Group answered the call to give to the Schoolcraft Friday Pack Program for the third consecutive year.

It’s safe to say the 2019 collection did not disappoint, according to Caroline Schroeder, marketing manager for J. Rettenmaier. “We can think of no better way to show our pride in being a part of the Schoolcraft community than to continue to help the local children through this organization. We’d like to encourage any additional local businesses and community members to join us in collecting for Schoolcraft Friday Pack,” said JRS USA’s CEO, Thorsten Willmann. On top of the boxes of food the three business collected, the JRS USA team also donated $4,005 for the program to purchase additional items to fill the packs.

Started over 10 years ago, the Schoolcraft Friday Pack program has been providing students in need with food to eat over the weekends. The packs are filled and placed in lockers Friday morning before school starts. So far, 2019 has seen more need than the 2018 school year, but with donations from the community, the program is confident in its ability to continue to provide students in need with nutritious meals, said Jill Strake, president of Friday Pack. If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like to donate, call the Schoolcraft Eagle’s Nest at 269-488-5847 or email schoolcrafteaglesnest1@gmail.com. All monetary and non-perishable food donations are welcome.

J. Rettenmaier USA, located just south of Schoolcraft on US 131, is a leader of healthy, functional and natural fibers for food, medicine, vitamins from the food we eat and the medicines and vitamins we take to the cars we drive, roads we drive on and buildings we work in every day, Schroeder said.

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