How your donations are helping fight hunger in Southeast Wisconsin

NOW: How your donations are helping fight hunger in Southeast Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Hunger Task Force got more than 100 calls the week of Thanksgiving from families asking about how they can get food on the table. 

Each month, the organization serves more than 50,000 people in Milwaukee County. 

By 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, people donated more than 400 turkeys. These donations are helping tackle a big problem facing many families, hunger. 

"About one out of four kids in the City of Milwaukee is living in a household that is living in poverty," Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of the Hunger Task Force. 

Once the food is dropped off, it is loaded onto trucks, brought to Hunger Task Force and sorted. 

“We can make sure we are only giving healthy, dignified foods to people and then its going to be delivered to food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters free of charge so people can have a holiday tradition," Tussler said. 

The holidays are a time when the truth about hunger is revealed. 

"You never really know until thanksgiving we did a giveaway last week and gave away about a hundred turkeys today I am going to give away another ten to specific families," said Ald. Russell Stamper II, 15th District. 

For families, a turkey or canned good can make all the difference. 

"Everybody needs food, I mean there is no doubt about it. You know if you give them food they will eat," Barb said. 

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