It was 35 years ago that two members of the Milwaukee Rotary Club proposed opening a food bank in Milwaukee to help those facing hunger. The notion was simple: Instead of plowing under excess crops or discarding product due to slight defects in packaging, healthy food could be rescued instead of discarded and distributed to those facing hunger.
On Aug. 1, 1982, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin opened its doors in a small warehouse on the south side of Milwaukee, under its original name, “America’s Second Harvest of Wisconsin.” The first donation was 600 pounds of apples received from a local grower.
Today, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is headquartered in a much larger space at N. 17th Street and W. Fond du Lac Ave. It is the leading hunger relief organization in the state, operating food banks in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley. Together, with a network of more than 600 member organizations, Feeding America serves nearly 400,000 people each year. The organization also works together with the community to define and address the root causes of hunger. They are focusing on innovative solutions that will provide more fresh, healthy and nutritious food to those facing hunger, and move more families to self-sufficiency.
Visitors to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin during Doors Open Milwaukee will receive a behind-the-scenes look at how Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin rescues more than 25 million pounds of food each year, processes and distributes it, throughout eastern Wisconsin to ensure more people have access to healthy food. Walk through expansive deep freezers, tour the loading docks and warehouse and learn how TOGETHER we can solve hunger.