Local pantries struggle to keep up with demand for emergency food.
After record breaking rainfall flooded many areas of the city, United Way of Greater Milwaukee announced it will award $50,000 in funding to Hunger Task Force to help assure disaster victims get emergency food. Funding will help assure the network of food pantries, shelters and meal programs hardest hit by the storm are fully stocked.
Programs that will benefit from the donation include the Jewish Community Center and the All Saints Catholic Church Food Pantry which sustained complete flood damage.
The Hmong American Friendship Association will also receive replacement of damaged food. Pantries that escaped flood damage will be supported with a strong supply of food delivered by Hunger Task Force at no cost. The pantry at Friedens Community Ministries, located inside the Coggs Building at 13th and Vliet reported seeing up to ten times more referrals than average. Friedens is included amongst United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s partners. Additional partners damaged by the flood and receiving support will be the Northcott Neighborhood House and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, among others.
Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force said, “We are thankful to the hard working volunteers who cleaned up and got back to work so quickly to serve those in need. And a hearty thanks to United Way and all United Way donors for this generous gift!”
“Our community has been profoundly affected by the recent floods and United Way continues to move quickly to ensure dollars are distributed to help those in need,” said Mary Lou Young, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Milwaukee.
Hunger Task Force is a wholly donor-funded agency that works to ensure that Milwaukee’s safety net stays intact by providing free food to local shelters, food pantries and soup kitchens, and remains available to help feed the need of the community.
Donations can be mailed or dropped off to Hunger Task Force, 201 S. Hawley Court, Milwaukee, WI 53214. Donations can also be made online at www.hungertaskforce.org