Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Features
We Are Feeding Milwaukee, This Week!
by Jennifer Tomazic


MILWAUKEE -- This is the week for you to help the Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 Feed Milwaukee.

On Wednesday, November 21 stop by State Fair Park between 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. and drive up and drop off a donation of food or money. It will help thousands of families in need in Milwaukee this holiday season, like Latasha Carter.

The Milwaukee mother has 13 mouths to feed and gets help from a food pantry that the Hunger Task Force helps stock.

"It is hard trying to get food when you have a lot of kids in the house like I have, so when you get low, this is the place to come," said Carter.

Thousands of families in the Milwaukee area benefit from the Hunger Task Force. It provies nearly 10 million pounds of food to 80 network pantries each year. And it all starts with your generosity.

"Without the help of the community and these food drives, we wouldn't be putting food on the table for 36,000 local families," said Hunger Task Force Executive Director Sherrie Tussler.

This is Tussler's busy time of the year because not only is she working to feed the usual clientele, she's also working to get the word out about the Food for Families program which helps make the holidays special for those in need. She's asking you to get creative.

"I need marshmallows at this time of year because kids want hot chocolate," said Tussler. "At Thanksgiving, we want to see a turkey on the table. At Christmas, we want to see a ham. We want to see a lot of the specialty items like the green bean casserole or the jello salad."

"It makes me cry sometimes because it's good," said Carter. "A lot of people don't have help like that so we're fortunate to have people out there to help us."

When Carter makes her monthly trip to the food pantry, she often brings her kids. Tussler says one in four kids is going without proper nutrition in Milwaukee.

"It's important for people to give because they're helping to sustain our youth and support our future," said Tussler.

Not only for the Carters but for the entire community.

"Lord, keep blessing everybody that's helping and I hope the Hunger Task force just keeps going and doing what they're doing because I appreciate you guys a lot," said Carter.

CBS 58 will broadcast the CBS 58 Morning News, CBS 58 News at Noon, and CBS 58 News at Five live at State Fair Park Wednesday and the CBS 58 news team will be out there all day taking your donations.

For more information on the Hunger Task Force, log onto www.hungertaskforce.org