800 bins full of food packed to feed families in need over the holidays

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Some families don't know how they're going to put food on the table for their next meal. But in Milwaukee, there is a massive effort underway to make sure the area's neediest do not go hungry over the holidays, and you can help.

As you walk into Hunger Task Force's warehouse, you can feel the energy. Dozens of volunteers are in a packing frenzy, putting together 800 holidays bins, going to local families in need.

"We really want people to have that holiday meal, we want to serve people with dignity," said Hunger Task Force representative, Jonathan Hansen.

The organizations serves about 80 area pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters, where the food is headed.

"They have some pre-selected families that they know need some extra help over the holidays, and they`re going to deliver right to them, right before the holidays," said Hansen.

Each one of the bins is filled with about $150 worth of food. The way they get the items, is each staff member is put in charge of organizing a food drive for a specific item.
Jaison Battle was in charge of collecting summer sausage. He's been volunteering for six years, and recently became a Hunger Task Force board member.

"Trying to eliminate poverty and hunger, specifically in the area, is something I am truly passionate about," said Battle.

While it may seem like a lot of food collected, this year the organization is about $300,000 short of it's goal to keep it's commitment to the community.

"Now if you`re in a position to help, we really need your help," said Hansen.

The food drive is done, but Hunger Task Force says with a cash donation there is still time for you to make a difference. You can always drop off a check at their headquarters, at 201 South Hawley Court, Milwaukee, WI 53214. You can also make a donation by CLICKING HERE.