Ebenezer Stone Ministries (ESM) is a community ministry operating on the south side of Milwaukee in the Silver City neighborhood. Since its founding as a soup kitchen, it has expanded to offer Saturday morning breakfast, weekly food, a clothing closet, job readiness, and financial responsibility training.
Primary Focus: Food for food-insecure families and connections to resources and pathways to stability
Lutheran Affiliation: LCMS
Operating Budget: $155,000
Programs: Ebenezer Stone Ministries serves about 750 families a month through its pantry, bagged lunch distribution, hot breakfast, and clothing closet. Here are a few highlights of its programs:
Nurses from Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and Ascension direct pantry visitors to resources that build pathways to stability and self-sufficiency. They conduct health screenings and advise guests on healthy eating and preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Monthly homeless outreach between with the Milwaukee Police Department allows this ministry to distribute food and clothing to people who are homeless.
Other activities include holiday meal boxes, toy drives, summer block parties, and a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Growing demand for services has prompted Ebenezer Stone to expand its programs by leasing a new facility on Bruce Street off S. 17th Street. This 13,000 square foot facility will increase the availability of fresh food through the ministry’s pantry and other food pantries in the area.
Who is Served: Twenty-five percent of the population in the surrounding neighborhoods live below the poverty level and 17% of the adult population does not have a high school diploma. The neighborhood is challenged by generational poverty and is resource-poor with poor transportation and few childcare facilities.
Location: 1127 S 35th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215