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Addressing Food Insecurity

Milwaukeeans are stepping up to feed each other during this time of need.

  • It was announced yesterday that chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen, which has a national platform after its efforts to assist Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurrican Maria, will help fund The Tandem’s efforts to make free community meals for its neighbors. This is an initiative that also helps local restaurants -- The Tandem had been paying other Milwaukee restaurants $5 per meal that The Tandem then distributed.
  • One local mom, who works for Muslim nonprofit Ma’ruf, partnered with local grocery stores Attari Supermarket,  Biryani Palace Grill and Grocery, and Garden of Eden, to offer Ma’ruf Grcoery Kits, which are free and available at those stores.
  • MATC donated hundreds of pounds of food from its culinary arts program to Hunger Task Force. 
  • Beginning April 1, WISN 12 is partnering with Hunger Task Force to launch an online ‘food drive’ for those facing extraordinary hardships brought on by the pandemic. At this link you can make a monetary donation to help provide food for Milwaukeeans who need it most.
  • Sprecher dropped off 360 cases of their famous root beer and sparkling water to keep the men and women of the Milwaukee Fire Department hydrated.
  • Stone Creek Coffee, the Pfister Hotel, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Saz's Hospitality Group, and the Milwaukee Public Market are all donating perishable food to Milwaukee food banks
  • Emerald City Catering has begun offering community meals, a limited supply of free meals, and pay-as-you-may meals, to assist people hit financially during this time.
  • The Beef Jerky Outlet is donating food regularly to those in need and supporting hundreds of other nonprofits in their missions. 
  • The Tandem, the Lindsay Heights soul food restaurant helmed by Caitlin Cullen, is giving away free meals to those in need. 
  • Stone Creek Coffee announced today that they’re donating 500 lbs. of coffee to local hospital staff.
  • The Journal Sentinel has put together a very helpful list of Milwaukee-area school lunches, food pantries and more free food resources for those who need them 
  • Don's Diner, a beloved, relatively new-but-retro-looking diner, is offering Milwaukee neighborhood-themed meal kits that also include household staples like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and paper towel. It's a great example of local restaurants getting creative to meet these unique circumstances.
    • UPDATE: Don’s is also donating to the staff of other area restaurants, in case you needed another example of kindness in our amazingly tight-knit, supportive restaurant industry.