Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is celebrating 35 years of service to our community. Rotary has had strong ties with Feeding America since its inception.
Before Feeding America’s grand opening in 1982, Dr. Milton J. Huber, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, suggested to Rotarians Prince Davis and Art Riemer that the Rotary Club of Milwaukee should adopt a food bank project to give excess food to people facing hunger. For the next two years, they worked hard to gain support of more than 100 fellow Rotarians, to gather research and to secure funding. Then in 1982, the Rotary Club of Milwaukee proudly established the community food bank known as Second Harvest, now Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
To continue our strong ties, three of Feeding America’s executive leaders has been a member of Rotary – Gwen McLean, Bonnie Bellehumeur and Charles McLimans.
In addition, 11 of the 16 past chairs of the Feeding America Board were also Rotarians: Price Davis, Bernard Peck, Russell Boehm, Wesley Scott, Ed Heinecke, Richard Schmidt, Roger Dirksen, Daniel Switzer, Edward Heiser, Jr., John C. Walker and Jim Milner.
The Feeding America warehouses in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley distribute more than 21.2 million pounds of food a year 125 mobile pantries, meal programs and other nonprofit agencies that serve 400,000 people in eastern Wisconsin.
Members sorting food.
Rotary is pleased to continue its partnership with Feeding America by making an annual donation to them from the RCM Community Trust. In addition, we host two Done-in-a-Day volunteer events to help repackage food for those in need in our community.
Our next volunteer opportunity at Feeding America will be on Saturday, November 11th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.