West Allis' Hunger Task Force is keeping people fed during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 5:06 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 21:48:53-04

WEST ALLIS — In West Allis, Hunger Task Force is hard at work.

"We're building boxes in the morning, we're building boxes in the afternoon," said Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force.

Those boxes hold about a week's worth of food and are being built by volunteers like Kelsey Burke.

"I am a teacher, so our school closed, and I was just trying to find something to do while we wait to see how the rest of the school year is going to work," said Kelsey Burke, Shorewood teacher.

Keeping their distance, while serving the community, Kelsey says she feels safe volunteering.

"For me, personally, I know that I am not in the most vulnerable age groups and I don't have any immune compromising issues. If anyone should be out here it should be the ones who are healthier and less at risk," said Kelsey.

Executive Director, Sherrie Tussler, knows that hunger relief only happens because of volunteers.

"All of our pantries, literally every single one of them one them, is staffed by volunteers. Volunteerism is critical to hunger relief, so if you are thinking about volunteering now is the time to go to our website and click that button," said Sherrie.

The boxes being prepared today, are in preparation should food pantries have to close, and Hunger Task Force has to serve the public directly.

However, if you need assistance immediately there are options.

"They need to go to the Hunger Task Force website and click on the interactive map that we are updating every single day. We are also going out to our pantries to make sure that information is true," said Sherrie.

Because the task force wants to serve the community the best and healthiest way possible, at this moment they say monetary donations are the best way to do that.

Click here to donate.

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