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As the only food bank in west central Wisconsin, Feed My People distributes 150,000+ pounds of food a week and 7.5 million pounds a year to local agencies. We are a cost effective way to provide pantries, community tables, and shelters enough food so thousands of people can be helped each month.

Heat or Eat? Millions are Forced to Choose

It's a fact that millions of low-income families are choosing between heat and hunger this winter season. The Energy Information Administration, which tracks and analyzes energy data, has projected that households will spend 19% more on average for heating oil and 15% more for natural gas from Oct. 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.

About 53% of Wisconsin households reported choosing between paying for food or heat or other utilities, according to Hunger in Wisconsin 2010, Feeding America's report on emergency food distribution. "When heating costs go up, it is difficult for low-income families to put food on the table," said Bob Aiken, president and CEO of Feeding America.

Help your neighbors struggling with hunger by donating funds or volunteering with Feed My People. Visit our Donate page or call 715.835.9415 for more information.