'Wonderful for the people of the area:' Milwaukee's north side opens new food pantry

NOW: ’Wonderful for the people of the area:’ Milwaukee’s north side opens new food pantry

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee neighborhood got a new food pantry and held a grand opening on Friday, Oct. 25. It's a welcome addition after the north side community lost a former site last year. 

Citadel Food Pantry is located near 41st and Villard -- a neighborhood with a great need. 

"There's 28 percent of the people that live in this ZIP code that are living below the federal poverty level," said Michael Jones, Hunger Task Force food bank director. 

"It means a lot to me," said Mary Fullilove, food coordinator. "I just feel like God answered my prayers because that's one of my biggest concerns about the community." 

The pantry will operate as the Hunger Task Force's 36th MyPlate locations -- a program that emphasizes healthy eating and provides guidelines and support. 

"We like to really supply everybody with as much food as they can possibly take. And of course, the healthiest options possible," said Jonas. 

They held a food sampling Friday to show off some recipes families can try at home, along with new shelving units, displays and refrigeration provided by Kohl's. 

The food pantry operates on a shopping model, allowing visitors to choose the products their family wants and needs. 

"We just feel as though having a choice is just a very dignified way of getting some food when you're in that need," said Jonas. 

The Hunger Task Force serves thousands of people across the city. 

Mary, who lives and serves in the north side neighborhood, said she's beyond grateful they're now able to provide better access to healthy food. 

"This neighborhood is a neighborhood with the needs and it's such a blessing to be able to meet the needs of the community," said Fullilove. 

"It's really going to be wonderful for the people of the area," said Jonas. 

The food pantry is open every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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