Founded in 1982 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a local and independent member of the Feeding America network. It collects and distributes food to over 600 member organizations that reach more than 400,000 people each year (members include food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters).
Primary Focus: Food for Lutheran food pantries & capacity building for solving hunger
Lutheran Affiliation: Pan-Lutheran
Operating Budget: $9,604,300
Programs: About 30 Lutheran church-based food pantries source healthy food from Feeding America’s warehouse inventory of perishable and shelf-stable food products. This year, Lutheran pantries will also have access to infrastructure such as shelving, refrigeration, and laptops through Feeding America. Over the next 12 months, the organization expects an increased demand for food assistance once federal assistance programs return to pre-pandemic levels. Feeding America’s vast network includes the Farm Link project where the organization partners with five farms in Wisconsin to provide thousands of pounds of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need.
Who is Served: While FAEW is seeing an increase in need across area counties and communities, the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on several intersected populations, namely adults age 60 and older, Black, Latino, tribal nation communities, and low-income families. FAEW’s partnership with Lutheran church-based pantries meets a critical need for food assistance among these populations.
Location: 1700 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53205