Volunteer Coordinator taps into time and talents of community

Sep 15, 2021

Hunger Task Force relies on the help of more than 16,000 generous volunteers every year. While 2020 forced the organization to pause volunteer activity, Hunger Task Force has been slowly and safely welcoming folks back since March 2021, offering opportunities to sort food, pack senior Stockboxes, and assist at the Hunger Task Force Farm, Mobile Market and other special events.

At the center of the action is Julia Prange, Volunteer Coordinator. In her role, Julia connects groups and individuals to the Hunger Task Force mission, offering opportunities to give back and provide support. Tapping into the time and talents of community members, Julia’s responsibilities include recruiting, scheduling and training volunteers in a variety of tasks benefitting operations across the organization.

“I love that I’m able to connect with such a diverse group of volunteers each and every day,” shares Prange. “We have first-time volunteers alongside seasoned helpers, some who have been supporting Hunger Task Force for the last twenty years. It’s amazing to see them come together and work towards the same goal.”

Nearly 3,000 volunteers have rolled up their sleeves since coming back. In July and August alone, volunteers have given over 5,500 hours packing Stockboxes, assisting with administrative tasks, staffing summer events and helping at The Farm. “We are so appreciative to have volunteers back and recognize the vital role they play in achieving our mission,” continues Prange.

Hunger Task Force is currently in need of volunteers to help with the harvest at the Hunger Task Force Farm, pack Stockboxes at our new headquarters and assist at various community events throughout the upcoming holiday season. Register yourself or a group today and enjoy a fun and rewarding volunteer experience with Julia and the Hunger Task Force team.

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 HungerTaskForce.org.