Feeding America feeding Wisconsin families

How your donation helps local families in need

CREATED Nov 19, 2012

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 MILWAUKEE - It's one of the busiest times of the year here at Feeding America, donations are pouring in as quickly as they are going out.  Donated food palates mean packed plates at Thanksgiving for many grateful families this year.  "The need is tremendous, we've seen a 33% increase in the last two years in need and so we're just doing everything we can to keep donations coming," Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin President Bonnie Bellehumeur tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka.

Local businesses like Sendik’s are helping out with the assistance of their shoppers.  Through several promotions in their stores, Sendik’s was able to present a $44,750 check and two semi-trucks with 51,000 pounds of food to Feeding America.

Sendik’s co-owner Ted Balistreri is amazed with the response, "I can't tell you how generous our customers have been, it is phenomenal, of course we're a family business, this is families helping feed other families in our communities."

The food and money donated stays in communities in eastern Wisconsin.  Minnie Pearl Morgan was picking up donations for their food pantry at House of Prayer on 38th and Keefe.  "This is our second trip today, we had so many people and we didn't have enough food so we came back for more," Morgan explains.

Feeding America partners with more than 1,000 food pantries and meal programs across Wisconsin like the one at House of Prayer.  It’s a partnership Morgan is more than thankful for, "If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have the food,” she says before realizing she’s missing something from the food pantry list, “We need all the pies!"
Pies that will finish off a Thanksgiving dinner many can’t afford.  That’s why Morgan is so happy to be a part of the giving process this holiday season, "A lot of people are suffering right now so if we can give to them, that's what we love to do.  They're smilin’, they're smilin', ooh can I have that? Can I have that one?  Yes, take it, we're here for you, to give to you."

Giving that wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the people and businesses here in southeast Wisconsin.