Harley-Davidson gifts Hunger Task Force with $2.5 million donation

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The Hunger Task Force received an almost $2.5 million donation from Harley-Davidson this week. The gift will be used to fund the Task Force's farm in Franklin.

"Well the largest gift we'd ever gotten in the past was $125,000 and so this is obviously ramping that up dramatically," said Hunger Task Force Director Sherrie Tussler.

The substantial donation will help keep the farm running over the next three years. Tussler says the farm provides not only food, but job opportunities.

"We're going to be bringing low-income people from Milwaukee's central city out to our farm and teach them basic job skills. They will help us grow the food," said Tussler.

Harley-Davidson President Matt Levatich said "it does more than feed people It's teaching people where the food comes from, teaching inner-city kids where food comes from,"

Harley-Davidson first donated to the Hunger Task Force in 1990. They say the common bond is a commitment to independence, whether on the open road or in the kitchen. Twenty-two years later, the company is revving up it's commitment to the pantry.

"We think there's no better way to connect with people than through something as core as farming and food and basic living essentials," said Levatich.

The Hunger Task Force is taking applications for farm jobs. If you're interested, you can pick up an application at the Task Force on Hawley Road, just south of I-94.