October 4, 2013 — Madison, Wis. — Fred Hebert, Executive Director of the Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, was named the 2013 Wisconsin Idea Award Recipient by University of Wisconsin Chancellor Ray Cross at an award ceremony held September 12th in Madison.
The Wisconsin Idea Award honors individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions through involvement with UW Colleges or UW-Extension. Fred received the prestigious award for supporting the Summer Lunch Bunch program for children and youth at-risk for hunger in Adams, Columbia, Juneau and Sauk counties.
Eight years ago, when the program started, Fred offered resources and space. He helped the program identify locations, helped figure out the process for meal delivery, donated personnel to support the program, and supported the funding of a summer intern. His agency has continued to financially support the summer interns, who are integral in maintaining the continuance of the program.
In presenting the award, Chancellor Cross stated that Fred has helped UW-Extension transform, through his actions and his public stance, the viewpoints of community citizens about hunger.
Central Wisconsin CAC is the private, not-for-profit Community Action Agency serving the five counties of Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Juneau and Sauk. Among the agency programs are weatherization and energy services, food pantries, emergency housing assistance, low-income housing, low-income car loans and technical assistance for education and new business start-up.