Volunteer of the Month: Cheryl Latham | March 2024

Feb 28, 2024

Each month Hunger Task Force is honored to recognize an individual or organization that goes above and beyond in their service to the organization.

Hunger Task Force relies on the help of more than 16,000 generous volunteers every year. From food sorting and building healthy food boxes for seniors to helping individuals shop the Mobile Market and harvesting at The Farm, volunteers help Hunger Task Force feed people today and support our work in ending future hunger.

Cheryl Latham has been a dedicated volunteer at Hunger Task Force for the past five years, contributing 114 hours in the past year alone. Since 2019, she has been volunteering as an individual, engaging in tasks like food sorting, race day packet pickup, mailers and weekly data entry. Cheryl finds fulfillment in helping others, and we are honored to recognize Cheryl as Volunteer of the Month for March 2024.

Q: When did you start volunteering with the Hunger Task Force?

Cheryl: I was first exposed to Hunger Task Force back in 2013 while volunteering with my then workplace; I was able to help collect food donations at opening day of the Wisconsin State Fair. Years later, in 2019, I applied online as an individual volunteer. For the last five years, I have helped sort food, staff special events, and help administratively with mailings and other data entry needs.

Q: What’s your favorite part about volunteering?

Cheryl: My favorite part of volunteering is seeing all the friendly faces at Hunger Task Force and knowing we’re helping people in the local community.

Q: Why do you continue to pick the Hunger Task Force?

Cheryl: The Hunger Task Force team is truly happy to be helping our community (and it shows!) I love being a part of something so beneficial to so many people.

Q: What’s been your most memorable experience volunteering?

Cheryl: At one of my first volunteer shifts, I sat next to a wonderful lady while we were preparing a mailing. I was able to really connect with her, and now we are friends!

Q: What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at Hunger Task Force?

Cheryl: Absolutely do it! You’ll love it. You can expect to meet great people and have a good time while helping others.

For more information on how you can get involved, visit: www.HungerTaskForce.org/volunteer

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.