"This is the time when families are most in need:" Hunger Task Force kicks off annual food drive

MILWAUKEE -- With the holidays right around the corner, there was a festive atmosphere at the Hunger Task Force.

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“Today is Food for Families," said Executive Director Sherrie Tussler. "We’re kicking it off and we’re really excited about this year’s food drive.”

“This is the time when families are most in need," added Gil Cubia with a Johnson Controls, the main sponsor since 2006.

On Friday, September 30th the Hunger Task Force started its biggest push of the next few months – the Food for Families annual food drive.

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“Food for Families has managed to collect a half a million to a million pounds of food every single year for the last 40 years," said Tussler. "That food has gone out to local food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.”

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But they can’t do it alone. Running through the end of the year, there will be blue collection bins at grocery stores throughout the city. And the Hunger Task Force is asking people to host their own food drives as well.

“43% child poverty rate here in the city of Milwaukee," Tussler stated. "Which means that we are the second-poorest city in the nation. And our kids are in need of healthy and fresh foods.”

Again, you can pick up a blue bin from the Hunger Task Force to run your own food drive or you can drop off donations at grocery stores throughout the area.

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