Feeding America receives huge donation

Posted at 1:05 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 14:05:36-05
Bread deliveries don't usually require a forklift, but it helps when you're unloading 5,000 loaves.
Aunt Millie's Bakeries donated the loaves of bread to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Monday morning.
The bread was baked specifically for the occasion and will likely be gone in a few days.
Getting bread this fresh doesn't happen often at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
"It'll start going out immediately," said Charles McLimans, the president and CEO of Feeding America. "It'll be out on the floor as soon as today."
"For the holidays, it's just kind of a holiday season way to say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas Milwaukee and to help families in need during he holiday season," said Melissa Dunning with Aunt Millie's.
Food pantries from around the region come to Feeding America so they can stock their shelves.
"It's very important because there's a lot of need in the area of Milwaukee where we live and we can see it," said Edgar Estrada with The World in Action Church.
Through those organizations, Feeding America feeds 377,000 people annually. The need is up 200 percent in the last three years.
It is our busiest time of year," McLimans said. "It's wonderful that there are so many generous people in our community that are thinking of others."
While there are more families in need this time of year looking to put food on the table for holiday gatherings, students are also out of school and that can mean extra mouths to feed.
"There are not feeding programs for the kids when they're out of school for the Thanksgiving break and when they're out of school for the winter holiday break, and so families are in need they're consuming more food, so we have to make sure that they stay well fed," McLimans said.