Addressing Food Insecurity
Milwaukeeans are stepping up to feed each other during this time of need.
- The Milwaukee Community Fridge is a free, outdoor fridge located outside The Tandem where any community member in need can get fresh groceries.
- Upstart Kitchen, which was originally planned to be the city's first around-the-clock commercial kitchen and business incubator, has been instead serving meals to those who need them most since the pandemic began and to date have served more than 25,000 meals. The meals will continue at least through the end of the year.
- The Tandem, the Lindsay Heights soul food restaurant helmed by Caitlin Cullen, has given free community meals to those in need since the beginning of the pandemic as well as purchasing meals from other Milwaukee restaurants to distribute. The Tandem was also a recipient of funds from Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen and donations from Hunger Taskforce and the Milwaukee Bucks.
- 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.
- 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.