Feeding Wisconsin, the state association of six Feeding America food banks and 1,000 local food programs that serves all 72 counties, received two grants through the Food Security Initiative administered by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
The association was awarded $2.2 million from the COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant and a little over $5 million from the Food Security and Wisconsin Products Grant.
In May Gov. Tony Evers created the Food Security Initiative to support families experiencing food insecurity, food producers and processors facing difficulties.
“We thank Governor Tony Evers for creating the Food Security Initiative, which will address needs at all points in the emergency food system from farmers, to processors, to food pantry and food bank distribution efforts, to those utilizing food pantries and distribution points,” said Wisconsin’s Executive Director Stephanie Jung Dorfman.
During the grant application process, Feeding Wisconsin worked directly with Wisconsin producers, processors, aggregators, and commodity associations to source WI food products to purchase and distribute through its statewide network of food pantries and programs through the end of the year.