Hunger Task Force Drive-Thru Food Drive collects 1,215 turkeys, 65K pounds of food
People took time out of their busy holiday schedule to give to those in need, dropping off food donations at Miller Park.
There was a steady stream of cars at Miller Park Wednesday, and from donors to volunteers, everyone was in a giving mood.
From the early morning hours, cars started lining up to give. The Drive Thru Food Drive helps fill the shelves at Hunger Task Force so people in need have food on their table this holiday.
"Not only are you putting a turkey or ham on the table for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but you are making sure that Hunger Task Force can supply local food pantries and help local families all the way through the lean months of January or February," said HTF Executive Director Sherrie Tussler.
The Brewers GM David Stearns and racing sausages helped greet car after car dropping off donations. The first 100 cars to donate at least 3 frozen turkeys received a commemorative Josh Hader bobblehead.
Ruben Deleon came through three times and gave more than 30 turkeys.
"A lot of people in need, especially in Milwaukee," he said. "I've been here a couple of months, it's just a great community and I decided to give back. This is something that really strikes home with us."
Maggiano's Restaurant helped feed hungry volunteers.
"Reaching out to our community, getting those donations and feeding the needy, we love doing things like that," said Joel Johnson, Executive Chef at Maggiano's Little Italy. "Help people to eat, to have a good winter, have a good Thanksgiving."
Sargento brought a group to volunteer for the third year in a row.
"When our communities are strong and families are supported and when companies can be a part of that, that's how we all win together," said Portia Young, Sargento's Director of Corporate Communications.
Before people sit down to their traditional Thanksgiving meal, they took part in another Milwaukee tradition -- giving back.
"It just feels really good to show my daughters that too and bring them," said volunteer Jenny Noffke. "We came out last year too, so it's kind of a tradition for us."
A total of 1,215 turkeys were collected and 65,000 pounds of food donated.