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RECENT NEWS

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’s Sherrie Tussler’s nontraditional approach to fighting hunger

For the last 26 years, Sherrie Tussler has served the city and state by leading efforts to end hunger in Wisconsin as the CEO of the Hunger Task Force. Tussler, who is retiring in June, said her goal has been the same since she started in her role as CEO: to defend people against hunger.

Marquette Free Throws Score Money for Charity

Free throws are making a difference off the court, for each one made by the Marquette men’s and women’s teams during the regular season, a $5 donation will be made to Hunger Task Force. Announcers sometime call the free throw line “the charity stripe,” that term is now literal thanks to the partnership with Johnson Controls, according to Breanna Holly, Senior Director of Corporate Philanthropy.

Hunger Task Force Celebrates 2024 Wisconsin School Breakfast Champions

This year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin, Hunger Task Force, and No Kid Hungry Wisconsin are thrilled to recognize nine Breakfast Champions across the Badger state! As we dive into National School Breakfast Week (March 4-8), we want to recognize ALL of the individuals that go above and beyond to ensure that students start their day equipped with all of the tools they need to learn.

Match Madness MKE Tips off on March 1, Double Your Dollar to End Hunger

Match Madness MKE, benefitting Hunger Task Force, tips off today. The spring gift-matching campaign supports hunger relief for children and families in Milwaukee County. For those looking to score big, every donation to Hunger Task Force during Match Madness MKE, held March 1 – 10, is doubled dollar-for-dollar.

Toolkit Available! 2023-2024 NSBW School Breakfast Celebration

Wisconsin is celebrating School Breakfast this week and every week! School Breakfast is the most important school supply children can have access to! In this toolkit, we’ve gathered tools, templates, language and images that can be used in Wisconsin to celebrate School Breakfast during National School Breakfast Week (and any other time of the year.)

Hunger Task Force News & Features

Partner of the Month: Richards Elementary School | February 2024

We are deeply grateful for Richards Elementary’s unwavering partnership. This February, we’re spotlighting Richards Elementary, our Partner of the Month! They ignite a passion for service in the next generation. Through their food drives, they’ve collected a remarkable 2,300 pounds of healthy food and over $12,000 since 2022.

Gus Gnorski’s Enduring Impact: A Veteran Reporter’s Legacy Covering Hunger Task Force from Newsrooms to Neighborhoods

In the vibrant landscape of Milwaukee media, August “Gus” Gnorski carved out a distinguished career as a community reporter, leaving an indelible mark during his four decades in the industry. Over 22 years at TMJ4 and an additional 18 at FOX 6, Gus not only reported on local stories but also emerged as a passionate advocate for ending hunger in the community.

Hunger Task Force 2023 Annual Report now available online

Explore this convenient, digital version of the Hunger Task Force 2023 Annual Report! Hunger Task Force is on a mission. We feed people today and we end hunger tomorrow. Learn more about our work last year, our ongoing programs and some of the biggest wins from 2023 in our Annual Report!

Meet the new faces of Hunger Task Force

The principal strength of Hunger Task Force is its compassionate and committed staff. Hunger Task Force is proud to announce the addition of three new faces to our Advocacy, Operations and Administration teams. We are thrilled to welcome Tosha, Jess and Tylene to their new roles at Hunger Task Force.

Hunger Task Force Farm – Small Acres, Big Productivity

Pam Jahnke visits with Sarah Bressler, Farm Manager for the Hunger Task Force’s 208 acre property in Franklin, WI. It’s land leased for 30 years in partnership with Milwaukee County. Bressler said they produced a record 411,000 pounds of fresh vegetables and produce they’ll distribute to food pantries.

Volunteer of the Month: Cathie & Dennis Slater | February 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.

Meet the new faces of Hunger Task Force

The principal strength of Hunger Task Force is its compassionate and committed staff. Hunger Task Force is proud to announce the addition of three new faces to our Administration, Communications and Advocacy teams. We are thrilled to welcome Dishu, Kate and Reno to their new roles at Hunger Task Force.

WISN 12 Features the Importance of Volunteering at Hunger Task Force

WISN 12 is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a promise of more service to the community. We’re expanding our commitment to the Hunger Task Force, and each month, we’ll focus on a need and a call to action. In January, the spotlight is on volunteering. It’s the engine of the Hunger Task Force, and they say the time is now to join in their quest to keep Milwaukee’s most vulnerable people fed.

Michael Zeka Has Proudly Served as the President of the Hunger Task Force Board of Directors For 16 Years

For more than 30% of the time Hunger Task Force has been feeding hungry children, families and seniors, Michael Zeka has served as the president and chairman of the Hunger Task Force Board of Directors. Michael takes pride in the fact that serving on the Hunger Task Force Board of Directors is more than a line on a resume. The board is hands on and provides operational support and serves as a sounding board for leaders within the organization.

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

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.

Rick Lewandowski Has Been Feeding Hungry Seniors for Nearly 20 Years

In 2004, Rick Lewandowski walked through the doors of Hunger Task Force eager to make a difference in his hometown by ensuring hungry seniors received Stockboxes – a box of supplementary food to low-income seniors – every month. Little did he know, nearly 20 years later, he’d still be working every day to improve the lives of Milwaukee’s vulnerable seniors as the organization’s first Senior Services Director.

Partner of the Month: Lamplight Farms | January 2024

Lamplight Farms isn’t just about lighting up your backyard, they’re also dedicated to illuminating the lives of others. As a proud supporter of Hunger Task Force, they contribute both volunteers and financial resources to help fight hunger in their community.

Cultural Foods Coordinator Keeps Pantry Shelves Stocked with Staples for All

When clients walk through the aisles of an emergency food pantry within the Hunger Task Force network, they have a variety of healthy items at their fingertips to bring home to cook healthy, cultural recipes. Pasua Chang, our Cultural Foods Coordinator, is dedicated to bridging the gap between stocking food pantry shelves with healthy food and healthy, cultural food – people crave.

Nominations Open! 2024 School Breakfast Champion

Hunger Task Force, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin and No Kid Hungry Wisconsin are partnering this year to collect stories of Breakfast Champions across the state of Wisconsin to celebrate those who are doing all they can to make sure students have healthy meals throughout the day. A champion is anyone who takes action to improve school meals programs and helps kids get the nutrition they need to fuel their learning.

Replacement for FoodShare Benefits

Current FoodShare members who lose food purchased with FoodShare benefits due to a flood, a fire, or other household misfortune – including loss of power – can request the replacement benefits from the State.

Winter at The Farm: A Season of Planning and Preparation

As the winter cold envelops the Hunger Task Force Farm, the farm’s essential work continues undeterred in the chilly Wisconsin climate. Behind the scenes, there’s a flurry of activity and thoughtful planning that keeps the farm in full swing, even when the fields lie dormant.

Volunteer of the Month: Tom Frohna | January 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.

Winter 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 Winter 2023 Newsletter now available online

Click to explore this convenient, digital version of the Hunger Task Force Fall 2023 Newsletter! Read about our bountiful harvest season at The Farm, ways Hunger Task Force is supporting WIC outreach across the state, the Cooking with Culture program, ways YOU can give back this holiday season and much more!