July Hero of the Month:
Hunger Task Force
The Mission Statement of Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee’s Free & Local Food bank since 1974, says it all:
“HUNGER TASK FORCE BELIEVES THAT EVERY PERSON HAS A RIGHT TO ADEQUATE FOOD OBTAINED WITH DIGNITY. WE WORK TO PREVENT HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION BY PROVIDING FOOD TO PEOPLE IN NEED TODAY AND BY PROMOTING SOCIAL POLICIES TO ACHIEVE A HUNGER FREE COMMUNITY TOMORROW.”
Hunger Task Force is Milwaukee’s Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin’s leading anti-hunger organization, fighting hunger on all fronts. Their food bank provides healthy and nutritious food free of charge to a local network of food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
They also fight to end future hunger through advocacy and anti-hunger public policy work, providing nutrition education and teach children and families how to eat healthy.
The Hunger Task Force Farm is a 208-acre farm dedicated to growing fresh produce for Milwaukee’s hungry. Fresh produce is grown and distributed directly to Hunger Task Force’s network of 74 pantries, soup kitchens, meal sites and homeless shelters, as well as 102 senior citizen centers – absolutely free of charge.
Over the past five growing seasons The Farm has grown and distributed 3.7 million pounds of fresh produce, feeding Milwaukee’s most critical populations – children, seniors and families – all affected by hunger and malnutrition. More than 25 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables are grown with the support of more than 5,000 community volunteers.
Farming isn’t all they do. The Farm boasts a nutrition education program teaching low-income students how to garden and learn healthy-eating habits in their full-scale demonstration kitchen. The Farm’s hidden oak savanna is a natural areas gem, an endangered ecosystem of towering oaks set along the root river, complete with hiking trails. Supporters can help by Adopting-a-Crop or by volunteering their time. Click here for more details!
We are proud to associate with Hunger Task Force and recognize them as our Hero of the Month. To learn more about how you can get involved in this awesome organization, click on www.hungertaskforce.org