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Truckload of food given away for free by We Got This Inc. in Milwaukee

Posted at 10:43 AM, Oct 21, 2020

MILWAUKEE — We Got This Inc. is on a mission to feed Milwaukee families who are struggling amid both the COVID-19 pandemic and a year of violent trends in the city.

A truck filled with roughly 1,000 boxes of food was unloaded by volunteers near the intersection of 9th and Ring on Wednesday, next to the We Got This Inc. Community Garden.

"What we want to do is feed the people that we think are forgotten about," said Andre Lee Ellis, Founder and Executive Director of We Got This Inc. "I strongly believe that one of the reasons we are experiencing the bloodshed that we have in the streets is that the resources are not in the house."

Milwaukee is navigating both a near-record breaking year for homicides, and the Coronavirus pandemic has added financial stress for some families. That's why Andre and his team are working to spread hope while ensuring everyone has food on the table.

"It lets people know that there's people out there that can help them. There's people out there that care about them and where they're going, and that it's not all ugly in the world," said Roshaun Collins, Director, and Manager of the We Got This Inc. Community Garden.

As volunteers unloaded the boxes of food, Alex Harris stopped by to pick up a box. He said it was his very first time accepting donated food.

"It means a lot to me," said Harris, "I's hard out here. You know, the money is short, with the jobs and the disease, the virus out here; you know it's hard."

Andre said State Senator Lena Taylor helped to connect the food, which was driven up from Alabama overnight, to We Got This Inc.

The free boxes of food were given out to anyone who drove up to pick one up near 9th and Ring Streets.

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