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Sherrie Tussler, retiring head of Hunger Task Force, reflects on wins, losses, and why we’ve normalized poverty

Sherrie Tussler, a champion for Milwaukee’s hungry and poor, retires from Hunger Task Force after 27 years of service. Discover her inspiring journey, her legacy, and what comes next.

Summer 2024 Nutrition Education Quarterly available online

Hunger Task Force doesn’t just feed people in our community – we help along their health journeys, too. Hunger Task Force offers a robust Nutrition Education Program committed to providing useful tools to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Check out this seasonal edition of our Nutrition Education Quarterly. Explore this seasonal publication for helpful tips on healthy eating, cooking skills, budget-friendly shopping and ways to fit physical activity in your day.

Hunger Task Force Delivers Farm-to-Shelf Produce

It’s a typical spring afternoon in Wisconsin at the Hunger Task Force farm, where fresh produce and community efforts thrive. From innovative hoop houses to dedicated volunteers, learn how this farm is making a difference in food security and setting a national standard for food banks.

The Black Panthers, Joe Ellwanger and the founding of the Hunger Task Force

In Milwaukee, Joe Ellwanger, a former civil rights leader, was approached by the Panthers to host a school breakfast program at his church. Ellwanger and others formed Citizens for Central City School Breakfast Program, which achieved its goal. The group later became Hunger Task Force, a major Wisconsin anti-hunger nonprofit.

Hunger Task Force Spring 2024 Newsletter now available online

Click to explore this convenient, digital version of the Hunger Task Force Spring 2024 Newsletter! Read about new culturally familiar foods at The Farm, a conversation with Sherrie Tussler and incoming CEO Matt King, Milwaukee’s unique downtown meal site, how we’re providing seniors dignified access to healthy food and more!

Grocery store on wheels makes rounds in Milwaukee County

The Mobile Market is a smaller-scale grocery store. It’s not a food pantry, instead the market is open to everyone. Anyone can show up and shop. The market follows a set schedule and makes stops at various locations around Milwaukee County.

Wisconsin will replace FoodShare aid when outages spoil food, but filing requests isn’t easy

The federal government funds FoodShare through its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. It allows states to replace funds for households that lose food to misfortunes like refrigerator malfunctions, power outages or flooding. Nearly 26,000 FoodShare households in Wisconsin received $3.1 million in replacement benefits between December 2022 and November 2023. That’s far less than the up to $34 million in food that FoodShare households potentially lost from January’s storm alone, according to a state estimate.

Spring 2024 Nutrition Education Quarterly available online

Hunger Task Force doesn’t just feed people in our community – we help along their health journeys, too. Hunger Task Force offers a robust Nutrition Education Program committed to providing useful tools to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Check out this seasonal edition of our Nutrition Education Quarterly. Explore this seasonal publication for helpful tips on healthy eating, cooking skills, budget-friendly shopping and ways to fit physical activity in your day.

Hunger Task Force Shares Heart Healthy Meal with WISN 12

When stocking its 44 food pantries, Hunger Task Force uses what’s called the MyPlate model, it’s similar to the food pyramid, as a guide for helping people make good choices. “To make sure that the foods that we’re providing are healthy,” King said. “We are committed to using the kitchen as a way to teach people how to use those ingredients.” Nutrition educator Melanie Foland walked WISN 12 News’ Diana Gutierrez through the heart-healthy shrimp pasta dinner.

Hunger Task Force and Milwaukee County Parks Innovative Partnership to Reduce Food Insecurity in Milwaukee

Guy Smith, executive director of the Milwaukee County Parks, and Matt King, associate director and incoming CEO of Hunger Task Force, discussed the nearly 20-year partnership between the organizations to tackle hunger and promote environmental health in the city.

Hunger Task Force News & Features

Expanding Our Reach: Hunger Task Force Welcomes New FoodShare Advocates

The principal strength of Hunger Task Force is its compassionate and committed staff. As an anti-hunger organization, Hunger Task Force commits to hiring staff with an array of skills, talents and the cultural competence to best serve our diverse community. Hunger Task Force is excited to welcome Paw and Julie to Hunger Task Force!

Sprouting Healthy Habits: Garden-to-Plate Program Nurtures Young Chefs

Summertime is here, and Hunger Task Force is celebrating the incredible success of our Garden-to-Plate program! This year, the program reached 356 students across 14 classrooms in the West Allis-West Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Schools districts. With a focus on MyPlate lessons and interactive learning, students learned about healthy eating and cooking through classroom visits, kitchen practice, and hands-on gardening.

Hunger Task Force Receives $20,650 Donation From Cousins Subs

Cousins Subs generously donated $20,650 through the Block Out Hunger Campaign to Hunger Task Force to help feed children and families experiencing hunger in the Milwaukee Community. Through the campaign, Cousins Subs, through its Make It Better Foundation, donates $50 to Hunger Task Force for every block the Milwaukee Bucks have during the regular season.

Partner of the Month: Clinton & Bernice Rose Senior Center | June 2024

Hunger Task Force is proud to name Clinton & Bernice Rose Senior Center our Partner of the Month for June 2024. This collaboration offers nutritious food options through programs like Stockbox and Farmers Market vouchers, along with social activities and a welcoming environment.

Michael Jonas Has Overseen Food Bank Operations for 15 Years

Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee’s only Free & Local food bank, ensures nutritious food reaches families and seniors in need. Led by Food Bank Director Michael Jonas, the organization has significantly improved food distribution and service quality over the past 15 years.

Volunteer of the Month: Julie Nichols | June 2024

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

Farm-to-Food Bank: How Hunger Task Force Farm Combats Food Insecurity in Milwaukee

The Hunger Task Force Farm is not your average farm. While we certainly grow a bounty of fresh, delicious produce, our primary crop is healthy food access. Over the growing season, with the help of nearly 6,000 incredible volunteers, we harvest over half a million pounds of fruits and vegetables that find their way directly to families and seniors facing food insecurity in Milwaukee.

Summer 2024 Nutrition Education Quarterly available online

Hunger Task Force doesn’t just feed people in our community – we help along their health journeys, too. Hunger Task Force offers a robust Nutrition Education Program committed to providing useful tools to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Check out this seasonal edition of our Nutrition Education Quarterly. Explore this seasonal publication for helpful tips on healthy eating, cooking skills, budget-friendly shopping and ways to fit physical activity in your day.

Hunger Task Force Delivers Farm-to-Shelf Produce

It’s a typical spring afternoon in Wisconsin at the Hunger Task Force farm, where fresh produce and community efforts thrive. From innovative hoop houses to dedicated volunteers, learn how this farm is making a difference in food security and setting a national standard for food banks.

Partner of the Month: Milwaukee Jewish Day School | May 2024

Hunger Task Force recognizes Milwaukee Jewish Day School (MJDS) as Partner of the Month for May 2024. Fifth to eighth-grade students from MJDS performed a mitzvah, volunteering at the Hunger Task Force Farm and West Milwaukee headquarters. Nearly 60 students and teachers sorted 7,000 pounds of healthy food donations, packed 80 Stockboxes for low-income seniors, and helped steward natural areas.

Hunger Task Force is Ensuring Senior Nutrition and Well-Being in a Post-Pandemic Economy

In February 2023, Wisconsin families and seniors faced a reduction in their FoodShare benefits due to the end of the federal program providing additional assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a year later, the end of these benefits meant a significant loss in purchasing power for many Wisconsinites, including 85-year-old Greendale resident Judith Juszczyski.

The Black Panthers, Joe Ellwanger and the founding of the Hunger Task Force

In Milwaukee, Joe Ellwanger, a former civil rights leader, was approached by the Panthers to host a school breakfast program at his church. Ellwanger and others formed Citizens for Central City School Breakfast Program, which achieved its goal. The group later became Hunger Task Force, a major Wisconsin anti-hunger nonprofit.

Why You Should Sign Up for Voices Against Hunger to Help Eliminate Hunger in Wisconsin

Hunger Task Force recently relaunched Voices Against Hunger – our citizen advocacy group – to create a space to advocate together to promote social policies to end future hunger. Joining Voices Against Hunger is a quick, impactful way to influence effective anti-hunger public policy. We sat down with Reno Wright, our Advocacy Director, for a quick discussion about the Voices Against Hunger and the benefits of being a member.

U.S. Army Reserve and Milwaukee Police Department Host Ruck March Benefiting Hunger Task Force

For the fifth consecutive year, reservists and police officers are helping keep our Milwaukee neighbors fed with their Annual 10K Ruck March! Thank you to the U.S. Army Reserve Alpha Company 3-334 Drill Sergeant Unit and Milwaukee Police Department for making the journey from the District 3 Police Department to Merrill Park on foot during their annual Ruck March. They collected and marched over 2,850 lbs. of food for local seniors, families and kids.

Meet Jon Janowski: School Breakfast Champion and Former Advocacy Director at Hunger Task Force

During his tenure at Hunger Task Force as Advocacy Director, Jon Janowski developed a best-in-class advocacy program that emphasized school breakfast. During his 16-year career at Hunger Task Force, Jon hired and trained more than 16 fellows including Matt King who is the current Associate Director of Hunger Task Force. Jon currently serves as the Executive Director of The Neighborhood House, which is a part of the Hunger Task Force network.

Volunteer of the Month: Don Driver | May 2024

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

FoodShare Advocate Mar Mar Lin Lends a Helping Hand to Milwaukee’s APIDA Community

Mar Mar Lin, a FoodShare Advocate at Hunger Task Force, understands the struggles of newcomers in Milwaukee all too well. Within the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community, cultural norms around self-reliance and shame can make it difficult for people to seek help. Through her work, Mar Mar combats the complex issues surrounding food insecurity within the APIDA community, ensuring that cultural norms and language barriers don’t prevent anyone from accessing vital resources.

Meet the Team Leading 15,000 Volunteers Each Year at Hunger Task Force

Our Volunteer Team is a dynamic force, committed to empowering and mobilizing volunteers in various capacities. From recruitment and training to coordinating opportunities for corporate groups and local organizations to make a meaningful impact, we ensure that every volunteer feels valued and equipped to contribute effectively.

How Sherrie Tussler Of Hunger Task Force Is Helping To Address The Growing Challenge Of Food Insecurity

Sherrie Tussler is the Chief Executive Officer of Hunger Task Force. She has led the organization since 1997 — a time when Milwaukee was experiencing record hunger. Hunger Task Force works to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and advocates for policies that will help achieve a hunger-free community in the future. Tussler has remained steadfast in her goal — to defend people against hunger.

Hunger Task Force Spring 2024 Newsletter now available online

Click to explore this convenient, digital version of the Hunger Task Force Spring 2024 Newsletter! Read about new culturally familiar foods at The Farm, a conversation with Sherrie Tussler and incoming CEO Matt King, Milwaukee’s unique downtown meal site, how we’re providing seniors dignified access to healthy food and more!

Grocery store on wheels makes rounds in Milwaukee County

The Mobile Market is a smaller-scale grocery store. It’s not a food pantry, instead the market is open to everyone. Anyone can show up and shop. The market follows a set schedule and makes stops at various locations around Milwaukee County.

Brian McCarty Hopes to Inspire Other Medical Professionals to Give Back

Brian McCarty isn’t waiting on the world to change. Instead, he is investing his knowledge and resources into the community and encouraging others to do the same. He donated $500,000 to create the McCarty Education Kitchen – a highlight of the new Hunger Task Force headquarters.