GOAL: Community members have access to food.
An older couple was doing ok in their retirement. They didn’t have much but they were able to handle basic needs. Their financial world was turned upside down when their daughter was incarcerated for a two-year term and her two kids were now in their home. Struggling now to make ends meet, they heard of SWEPS from a man in their church who volunteers here. When they first came, they were really anxious about it all. Once they arrived and we walked them through everything and served them, you could see the change in their faces before they left. Pure joy and gratitude. When they came back this past month, they told us how they had done the United Way donations at work and even gave to Feeding America back in the day. Never did they image they would one day be on the receiving end of those programs. We are so glad we could be here for them in the same way they were once there for someone else in need. This is not the first time we have served someone in a similar situation. But, it is good to know that when things get hard, people are being referred to us.
- Hunger Coalition partners provided community members access to food 90,250 times in 2020.
- 39,107 people received food from mobile pantries in 2020.
- 6,480 people received access to food from Adams Food Pantry in 2020.
Source: Hunger Coalition, Hunger Coalition, UWSWAC Partner Program
- In 2020, United Way’s 2-1-1received 383 calls for assistance acquiring food.
- 67% of households in Wisconsin chose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
- One in five Wisconsin children face hunger.
Source: United Way’s 2-1-1, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin