Who We Are
Since 2012, United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties has been collaborating with food providers, those who help address hunger issues and other community members through the south Wood County Hunger Coalition. The Coalition is working to fight hunger in our community by working collectively toward the goal that, “Community members have access to food.” Some of the outcomes we will be working on in 2018 include:
- Coalition- an inclusive, effective coalition of stakeholders exists
- Food Supply- a nutritious supply of food is available & efficiently distributed
- Community Awareness- communities in SWC are aware of hunger issues
- Research- a knowledge base is continually developed to inform the work
- Meeting the Need- people who are hungry receive the food and support they need
- Funding- adequate funding streams exist and are used
Anyone in the community who is interested in helping to fight hunger in our community is welcomed to join us at the table for this work.
South Wood County Food Providers
In 2017, 19% of calls to United Way’s 2-1-1 were for information for Food Services. To help spread the word, we created a "Food Provider Flyer" that can be posted in offices, breakrooms, waiting rooms, etc.
Did You Know...
- South Wood County Hunger Coalition signed a letter of support for the Harvest for Hope Bill; a bill that will help food banks and food pantries across the state source and distribute more fresh and fresh processed food.
- Coalition members volunteered at Mobile Food Pantries held in south Wood County in 2017. 5,539 community members received food assistance from this program.
- United We Can celebrated it’s sixth year of programming and again partnered with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Baseball team to “Strike Out Hunger.” During 2018’s event, 7,095 pounds of food and over $1,200 cash were leveraged to support local food programs. Since 2013, this annual event has collected 39,095 pounds of food.
- In 2017, United Way’s 2-1-1 received 230 calls for assistance acquiring food.