Hunger Task Force CEO Sherrie Tussler to Retire After 26 Years of Service

Jan 25, 2024

Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee’s only Free & Local food bank, announces that after 26 years of service CEO Sherrie Tussler will retire in June. Following her retirement, she will step into a part-time role as CEO Emeritus to provide strategic guidance to the organization on an as-needed basis for up to one year.

“Working at Hunger Task Force has been the opportunity of a lifetime. This job has allowed me to give a voice to people who aren’t normally heard, create equity in the various ways charitable food gets to people and to influence the public policies that provide government help to people who don’t have enough money for food,” says Sherrie Tussler, CEO of Hunger Task Force. “I am thankful to the Board of Directors, our amazing staff and committed volunteers for creating a place that serves the community. I am proud to have carried on the tradition of Free & Local service. Thank you everyone.”

Assuming the role of CEO is Matt King who currently serves as the Associate Director of Hunger Task Force. He was selected as the organization’s incoming CEO after a rigorous vetting process lead by the Hunger Task Force Board of Directors.

“Hunger Task Force has been fortunate to have Sherrie leading the agency for the past 26 years. She has moved the agency forward in fulfilling its mission in often difficult times,” says Michael Zeka, Chair of the Hunger Task Force Board of Directors. “While we congratulate Sherrie and will miss her dearly, we are very excited about Matt King taking on his new role of CEO. We know Matt will continue to lead the agency well and will further strengthen Hunger Task Force in the future.”

“Sherrie’s impact on our community is profound and worthy of our gratitude,” says Matt King, Associate Director at Hunger Task Force. “I look forward to honoring her legacy by serving with our dedicated partners, volunteers, Board of Directors and staff to end hunger in our community.”

Matt King is a native of Milwaukee with progressive leadership experience as an anti-hunger advocate. He has a strong track record of success, which includes early development and leadership of the agency’s nationally recognized farm, transformational direction throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and playing a pivotal role in the construction of the organization’s state-of-the-art headquarters in West Milwaukee.

Amidst and after the transition, Hunger Task Force anticipates continued strong support from volunteers and donors. The organization is a community institution and its programs have long-standing partnerships. The Hunger Task Force’s leadership team is tenured and the organization’s mission and values guide their impactful work.

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.