Recognizing the exploding demand for food at local pantries, the Rotary Club of Mitchell Field is donating to the Salvation Army in Oak Creek, Human Concerns in South Milwaukee and Project Concern in Cudahy. Each of the food pantries received a $500 grant in April followed by an additional $1000 grant in late summer.
Food pantry grants this year total $4500.
Hunger Task Force Executive Director Sherrie Tussler said the demand for food soared 30% to 50% since the pandemic began. The unprecedented demands come as food supplies tighten during the coronavirus pandemic. Some food pantries in Milwaukee have closed due to a lack of food and volunteers to sort and stock the food.
“We are reaching out to the South Shore communities we serve to make a difference,” noted Rotarian Sue Hebner. “Right now one of the greatest needs is food insecurity. Last year we funded, planted and harvested an acre of cabbage at the Hunger Task Force Farm. This year we are giving directly to the food banks.”