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.
Faces of Hunger
FMP staff have been listening to our neighbors in west central Wisconsin. We would like to share a few of their stories to reveal the real impact hunger-relief services can have.
A child who comes to school hungry
Eve asks her 4k teacher each day, "When is food day?" During the week she eats a snack and meal at school. Sometimes there is food at home but not always. Eve's favorite day of the week is Friday because she takes a food bag home from school just for her.
A teen wanting to help her family
Cassie, a high school senior, and her brother bring food home from the school pantry each week to supplement what their family can afford. They are aware that their parents struggle to put food on the table, and the pantry gives them an opportunity to help their family.
A senior couple who now needs a little extra help
Jerry and Betty have lived in rural Chippewa County on their farm for 40 years. Their whole life they woke up early and went to sleep late taking care of crops and the animals they raised. They made enough for their family to get by but now, in their seventies, the couple had to ask for help for the first time by applying for FoodShare benefits and visiting the food pantry.
A dad who experienced great loss
For the first time in his life, Mark had to ask for help. Recently one of his children passed away and coping with the grief and changes in his family caused him to lose his job. He swallowed his pride and asked for food assistance so he would have food to feed his children while he gets back on his feet. Eating a warm meal at a meal site allowed him to direct some of his food budget to pay other bills.
A mom who has no food in the house
Lisa's family's income is just above the threshold for government assistance causing them to live paycheck to paycheck. Two months ago when their car broke down, the family fell behind. When the end of the month came and they had no food in the house to feed their family, the food pantry at their apartment complex was able to bridge the gap.