Hunger Task Force aims to fight Milwaukee food insecurity with a $750K donation

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Hunger Task Force is receiving a $750,000 donation with the goal of continuing to address food donation shortages and address the problem of food insecurity in the Milwaukee community.

The donation was announced by Kohl's in a press release on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Kohl's touts the $750,000 donation as a continuation of their 14-year partnership with Hunger Task Force. They anticipate the donation to help ensure an average of 31,000 people each month have access to free, healthy food options via Hunger Task Force's network of 68 food pantries, homeless shelters, senior dining sites and soup kitchens.

The funding also aims to provide free meals for children through the Milwaukee Summer Meals program.

Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force, said in Wednesday's press release that the organization is grateful not only for the financial support of Kohl's, but also for the team of volunteers that support the effort of feeding Milwaukee.

Hunger Task Force estimates that one in four adults live in poverty in Milwaukee, with approximately 30% of local children struggling with hunger.

Tussler noted that the support needed by the organization goes beyond the Kohl's donation. "We have all seen and experienced the effects of rising food and gas prices in our community, and now, with the ending of COVID FoodShare payments, many families and seniors will need additional help with food and Hunger Task Force and our network of food pantries will need support to help them."

More information about Hunger Task Force, including how to help, can be found by visiting them online.

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