'One More Helping' pairs Milwaukee restaurants, Hunger Task Force

MILWAUKEE -- A new campaign launched in Milwaukee is raising money for the Hunger Task Force while supporting local restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic.Despite the shortage in business due to COVID-19, chefs were still hard at work prepping food at Milwaukee's City Market Monday, May 11.

'We are going to buy that milk:' New program sends Wisconsin farmers' dairy to food pantries

MILWAUKEE -- Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (DFW) and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) have joined forces with the Hunger Task Force to help provide relief to the growing numbers of underfed and unemployed by connecting milk to emergency food organizations throughout the state.The $45.6 billion dairy industry in Wisconsin is dealing with a sudden loss of business in schools and restaurants closed during the coronavirus pandemic -- which account for nearly half of the market.Now, farmers and cooperatives from Florida, to Wisconsin, to Maine are dumping milk because there are no plants that will take it and the price paid to farmers has collapsed again.Plants set up to make food service products — like large packages of mozzarella cheese — aren’t able to pivot quickly and start churning out gallons of milk.

Hunger Task Force develops interactive map to help those in need get access to food

MILWAUKEE -- Hunger Task Force officials on Wednesday, March 18 revealed an interactive map featuring "confirmed, trusted service sites" providing food safely and reliably to those in need during the coronavirus crisis.Individuals, families, and seniors can find a nearby location HERE.Hunger Task Force officials said in a news release the locations map -- devised through Google Maps -- includes a listing of senior Stockbox sites, school meals sites, and outdoor emergency food distribution sites.The content is updated daily at 4 p.m., and includes service days and times and program type.The Stockbox program is open to seniors age 60+ with an income of $1,383 or less.School meals are available for children under the age of 18.

500 Wisconsin families to receive holiday meal boxes

MILWAUKEE -- 500 families in Wisconsin are going to have a warm holiday meal this year thanks to Hunger Task Force.Wednesday, volunteers built boxed packed with all the fixings to make that meal possible.

Brewers hold 8th annual Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Food Drive

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers Community Foundation continued a Thanksgiving tradition, partnering with Hunger Task Force for the eighth annual Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Food Drive."It's a wonderful occasion every single year, it's a great way to bring in the holidays," said David Stearns, Brewers president of baseball operations and general manager. "I'm always amazed at the number of people from our community who annually come out to this."

Just in time for Thanksgiving, volunteers fill holiday food boxes for 500 local families

MILWAUKEE -- The Hunger Task Force honored the longstanding tradition of filling "Thanksgiving Bins" -- helping families who are especially in need just in time for Thanksgiving.Nearly 100 volunteers from the Hunger Task Force, Old Republic Risk Management and Rexnord gathered Friday, Nov. 22 to assemble and fill boxes with Thanksgiving foods at the Hunger Task Force's distribution center on Milwaukee's south side.

Mobile market an oasis for Racine residents who live in 'food desert'

RACINE -- A food desert is what the name implies: an area where people lack access to affordable, quality food.In Racine, Mayor Cory Mason has turned to a mobile food market for help."There are food deserts all over Racine, city of (Racine) in particular but also in Racine County, where people have to travel great distances to get access to food," said Sherrie Tussler, executive director of the Hunger Task Force.The mobile market brings a single-aisle grocery store to those who are most in need of fresh produce, dairy and meat.