Volunteers with Hunger Task Force fill 500 holiday meal boxes

Posted at 5:10 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 15:07:08-05

MILWAUKEE — Volunteers with Hunger Task Force helped pack 500 holiday bins for local families in need Wednesday morning.

The boxes were filled with assorted foods to complete a festive holiday meal, including fresh potatoes and oranges, canned vegetables, cheese and crackers and a holiday ham. Each food box will last the family about a week.

"The food stays right here in the community, so when you help the Hunger Task Force, you're helping a family that probably lives a mile within your home," said Sherrie Tussler, Director of Hunger Task Force.

Nearly 50 volunteers, including several from local partner Raymond James & Associates, gathered Wednesday morning to build the boxes.

"Hunger is not seasonal, but there is something more special about providing a holiday meal to those in need," said Gary Sievewright, Senior VP of Raymond James.

Afterwards, local food pantry coordinators picked up the bins and will distribute them to 500 pre-determined families facing the greatest need.