For the month of February, the J.R. Albert Foundation is featuring Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee County, WI.
Back in 1974, a group of parents in Milwaukee, WI had concerns that their children were going to school hungry. As a result of their efforts, Milwaukee Public Schools began a school breakfast program.
A few years later, these parents were asked to collect, store, and distribute food brought in through a local television station food drive. This led to the creation of Milwaukee’s first food bank, the Hunger Task Force.
Today, Hunger Task Force provides food to a network of 180 independent food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, meal sites, and senior distribution sites throughout southeastern Wisconsin – free of charge. This adds up to 9 million pounds of food delivered annually by Hunger Task Force.
What separates Hunger Task Force from many other food banks is that many of the fresh fruits and vegetables it delivers are grown, quite literally, in its own backyard.
This is because the food bank operates its own farm.
Hunger Task Force grows more than 25 varieties of fruits and vegetables across 104 acres on its farm located in Franklin, in southern Milwaukee County. In 2017, the Farm grew and distributed over 500,000 pounds of fresh produce to its partner network. These fruits and vegetables range from sweet corn to apples and are grown using sustainable agricultural practices, professional agriculture staff, and 5,000 volunteers, who help plant, weed, and harvest food throughout the growing season.
The Farm also serves as a hub for Hunger Task Force’s Nutrition Education Program. Nearly 2,100 students from Milwaukee Public Schools receive hands-on experience in their classrooms and on the Farm, where they learn to grow, harvest, and cook with healthy ingredients.
The J.R. Albert Foundation is proud to support Hunger Task Force and their farm in Milwaukee County.
To learn more about the Farm at Hunger Task Force or to support their work, please visit them online at http://thefarm.hungertaskforce.org.