Pay It Forward: Sara Gilberg

November 23, 2017 06:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The latest ABC 6 News Home Federal Savings Bank Pay It Forward Winner has been feeding the students at Austin High School for the past 5 years through a program she created. 

“That’s what it’s there for. It doesn’t do any good hanging on the wall, right?” asked Sara Gilberg. 


Austin High School Teacher Sara Gilberg is talking about the bags of food hanging behind her. They’re for the Austin High School students who need a little extra food to get them through the weekends. 

“Right now we have about 40 on our list,” said Sara. 

The food is distributed on Fridays, but we can’t show you the process. Sara and the students who help her work very hard to keep everything as anonymous as possible. But that doesn’t mean others don’t know about the program or the fact Sara started it 5 years ago. 

“When she sees that something needs to be done, she gets it done,” said Sara’s friend Cindy Owen. “She had seen there was a need for a weekend food program for the students and she went ahead and did that. “

It’s one of the reasons Cindy Owen nominated Sara for an ABC 6 News Home Federal Savings Bank Pay It Forward Award.

“Well, thanks to Home Federal Savings Bank we have $600 for Sara to keep up all the good work she does for our community. Let’s count it out…”  “$400, $500, $600 from Home Federal Savings Bank, let’s go surprise her.”

“Hi Sara! You rascal. I nominated you for the Pay It Forward thanks to KAAL and Home Federal and you won! Yeah! $600!” “$400, $500 and $600. For my backpack program? For your backpack program! I know what I can do with this.”

“We’re grateful that we can acknowledge people in our communities that do good things because there are a lot of them. So being a small part of that is gratifying,” said Home Federal Savings Bank’s Tom Klapperich. “We’re glad we can do it.”

“In terms of the finances, what will $600 mean for the backpack program?” asked Logan Reigstad.

“Oh my, this is just a wonderful gift,” responded Sara. “I really appreciate it. It’s terrific. What this means is that I can really enrich things that go home for the students, especially at holiday times where they are going to be out of school for longer period of time. And where there might be some little special things they might like…”

“She has a zest for life and she cares truly about people. She wants to make life better for people,” said Cindy.

“I think we do a really good job of taking care of our students, and caring about them,” said Sara.

The Austin High School backpack program gets weekly donations thanks to the Salvation Army, United Way and Hormel.  But Sara says anyone can help by just donating food or money to the Austin High School food drives throughout the year.


Logan Reigstad

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