WAUSAU — For the second year, The Grand Theater and Marathon County Hunger Coalition will host the “Raisin Great Kids” Healthy Snack Drive.

The drive will be held in The Grand Theater’s Great Hall prior to the Feb. 8 performance of “Manitowoc Minute’s Charlie Berens: Oh My Gosh!”

Wausau Pilot & Review file photo.

This event encourages donations of raisins, fruit cups, nuts or seeds, applesauce, and other healthy snacks to be distributed to local school-based food pantries. Each item donated will earn audience members one entry ticket for a chance to win Manitowoc Minute merchandise. At last year’s Manitowoc Minute show, nearly 200 audience members donated, according to The Grand.

Ticket-holders can drop off their donations in the Great Hall of The Grand before the show, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Community members who are not attending the show but want to donate can drop of items at The Grand’s Ticket Office from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

The Marathon County Hunger Coalition is seeking snack- or individual-sized packages of non-perishable healthy snack items such as:

  • Raisins/Craisins
  • Other dried fruits
  • Fruit cups (in real fruit juice)
  • Granola bars
  • Nuts or seeds
  • “GoGo Squeez,” yogurt or applesauce

“We are happy to partner again with both the Marathon County Hunger Coalition and Charlie Berens to address hunger in our community,” said Executive Director of The Grand Sean Wright in a news release. “We had such a fantastic response last year with nearly 200 donations and we know our patrons will give generously so we can reach our goal of 300 at this season’s performance.”