Hunger Task Force and Kohl’s Team Up for First-Ever “Combo Build”

Apr 1, 2022

“Hunger Task Force and Kohl’s have a long history of large-scale volunteer events, but this combo-event will be a first in our partnership,” says Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force Executive Director. Today, a team of 50+ volunteers from Kohl’s participated the first-ever Stockbox/Food Sort “Combo Build” at the food bank’s massive new Volunteer Action Center. Over the course of an afternoon, Kohl’s volunteers simultaneously built over 500 Stockboxes and sorted over 20,000 pounds of food.

The Volunteer Action Center is within Hunger Task Force’s new West Milwaukee headquarters and includes a food sort conveyor belt and a Stockbox assembly line – allowing Hunger Task Force to engage multiple volunteer group activities at once. Volunteers from Kohl’s Design & Brand Management Department were the first group to execute a “Combo Build” in this new space.

“We’re grateful for Kohl’s volunteerism and financial support to feed families in our community.”

“At Kohl’s, we understand healthy communities help support healthy families, so our associates love to give back with their resources, talent and time,” says Tara Geiter, Kohl’s Director of Community Relations. “We’re proud of what Kohl’s and Hunger Task Force have been able to accomplish in the past and look forward to serving our community through this first-ever combo-event.”

Hunger Task Force annually distributes 12 million pounds of food to local pantries, meal programs and senior centers free of charge, which includes 2 million pounds of donated food and over 115,000 Stockboxes.

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