13 Wisconsin emergency food partners receive new transport trucks

NOW: 13 Wisconsin emergency food partners receive new transport trucks

WEST MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) – Emergency food partners from around Wisconsin got a boost on Thursday, October 29, thanks to a state grant. It comes as food insecurity grows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 13 food partners received new refrigerated trucks and vans to help transport food to their communities.

“These trucks today will help struggling families across Wisconsin and in our tribal nations to put food on their tables,” Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley said.

The vehicles were brought through a grant from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

“The folks who are getting these trucks today are really hardworking people who get stuff done in the middle of a pandemic,” Hunger Task Force Executive Director Sherrie Tussler said.

Since June, the Hunger Task Force has distributed 30 percent more food compared to years past.

“We’re talking about families here in Wisconsin who are unnecessarily struggling because of the economic impact for the pandemic let alone the health impacts,” Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes said.

Through the grant, the emergency food partners were also able to buy new coolers, freezers and other essential equipment.

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