Hunger Task Force
Operational Response to Coronavirus
Hunger Task Force is Milwaukee’s Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin’s anti-hunger leader. In the wake of the recently declared State of Emergency, Hunger Task Force will remain open in service to seniors, low-income households and children throughout Milwaukee County.
Our primary focus will be to deliver targeted emergency food supplies within the community to well-equipped nonprofit organizations, schools and government institutions. Hunger Task Force will continue its regular food banking operations, providing access to free food for the hungry, by utilizing available USDA commodity foods, purchased foods and donated foods, in addition to generous cash gifts from the community.
Read Hunger Task Force’s Coronavirus statement and learn more about what we are doing to ensure the Milwaukee community doesn’t have to worry about food in the midst of this State of Emergency.
Closures & Emergency Food
Hunger Task Force anticipates program closures and decreased access to emergency food as a result of the State of Emergency and population of regular volunteers. In response, Hunger Task Force is creating a network of compatible, easily-accessible locations to serve populations of need by offering emergency food supplies.
Senior centers, emergency food pantries, schools, nonprofit organizations and congregations will host opportunities for food distribution. All of these groups will conduct “drive-thru” distributions of emergency food.
The map below shows locations of public emergency food distributions in Milwaukee. More sites will be added as Hunger Task Force confirms additional locations. This map will be updated daily at 5 p.m. Check with your local community food pantry directly for hours of operation.
Food Options for Seniors
To help ensure Milwaukee’s most at-risk populations continue to have access to the food they need, Hunger Task Force will continue distributing “Stockbox”—a free box of USDA commodity foods delivered to more than 10,000 seniors each month. Hunger Task Force is working to create a network of compatible, easily-accessible locations to host “drive-thru” distributions for emergency food. It’s OK to bring a friend or send a family member to pick up the Stockbox. The signing and interview process are also being waived.
Additionally, the Mobile Market will continue it’s regularly scheduled service in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties in the immediate future. The market is a grocery store on wheels that brings food access to those living in food desert neighborhoods.
Will Hunger Task Force continue to operate?
Yes. Hunger Task Force will remain open and in service to seniors, low-income individuals and children throughout Milwaukee County during the declared State of Emergency.
Will food pantries and meal programs close?
Hunger Task Force anticipates program closures and decreased access to emergency food as a result of the State of Emergency. Call 2-1-1 to find information on the programs nearest you.
How can I get help?
Call 2-1-1 to find the nearest food pantry or meal program to you. In response to program closures, Hunger Task Force is creating a network of compatible, easily-accessible locations to serve populations of need by offering emergency food supplies. This list of locations and schedules will be available on our website shortly.
If you need help with FoodShare, call Hunger Task Force at the Robles Center for direction at (414) 897-0460.
Will the Mobile Market continue to operate?
Yes. Hunger Task Force’s two Mobile Markets will continue to service the communities and Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties. For a full schedule of stops, click here.
Is the food Hunger Task Force distributes safe?
Yes. Hunger Task Force distributes Grade A USDA commodity foods that are inspected several times between receipt and distribution. We uphold the highest standards of food handling and food is packaged and sealed in accordance with federal USDA guidelines. All fresh produce is handled safely with gloves.
How can I help?
Hunger Task Force is in need of volunteers. Small groups of 15-20 are needed to build Stockboxes and individuals are needed to support Stockbox and Mobile Market operations. To volunteer, please sign up online here. Volunteer applications will be processed in 24-48 hours and scheduled as soon as possible.
Cash donations will be of critical help to Hunger Task Force to cover food shortfalls and support emergency operations. Individuals, corporations and foundations can donate online here.
How many people are in a volunteer group?
On Tuesday, March 17, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued an Emergency Order to prohibit the mass gathering of 10 or more people at a time. Food banks have been excluded from this rule. However, Hunger Task Force is committed to the safety of its staff and volunteers, and volunteer groups will be kept to 10 individuals at a time. Volunteers are also encouraged to distance themselves from other volunteers during activities.