Hunger Task Force invests in emergency food network

Aug 27, 2021

Hunger Task Force and our network of partner food pantries weave together a safety net of support for local families. For the past 18 months, this network has operated resiliently through curbside, outdoor and no-contact distributions, and will continue to do so into the fall. Right now, our food bank is providing significant amounts of healthy foods—including freshly harvested Farm produce, milk and cheese—to over 23,000 people each month at local pantries. Pantry visits are expected to climb into the cold winter months, but Hunger Task Force and our partners will work side-by-side to ensure all are served with dignity.

This fall, an extra $500,000 of funding through The Emergency Food Assistance Program was made available to build capacity in the emergency food network so programs could take on more food and operate safely during no-contact distributions. Hunger Task Force invested 100% of these federal funds into our network, purchasing over 600 items including transit vans, refrigeration, freezers, pallet jacks, racking, PPE supplies and tables.

Hunger Task Force is Milwaukee’s Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin’s anti-hunger leader. The organization provides healthy and nutritious food to hungry children, families and seniors in the community absolutely free of charge. Hunger Task Force was founded in 1974 by a local advocacy group who then formed Milwaukee’s first food bank. Today, Hunger Task Force is 100% supported by the community and provides a safety net of emergency food with dignity to a network of 75 food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Through legislative analysis, education and community organizing, Hunger Task Force continues to advocate for anti-hunger policy at the local, state and federal level. For more information, visit