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.
Teen's Curiosity Sparks Increased Access to Food Resources
"In eighth grade I did a food packing project where meals were sent overseas. I loved it, but it got me thinking. We are always talking about hunger in other countries, but we don't talk about hunger here," shared Kayla Kaczorowski, Senior at Cochrane Fountain City High School.
Her thoughts sparked her to learn more about local hunger. One surprise came when she talked with staff in the food service department at her school and found out that one third of students there qualified for the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program.
A project through FFA prompted Kayla to continue to explore the issue in her community and start a program where students within the district could take home a backpack filled with food for the weekend.
Kayla's impact did not stop there, though. This summer St. John's UCC decided to open a food pantry to serve community members in need of food resources.
"The backpack program made me realize the need in our community was a lot larger than I had ever anticipated," shared Pastor Greg Ferriss of St. John's UCC. Both programs rely on Feed My People to receive the majority of the food that they distribute.
Hunger is often something our neighbors struggle with in silence. Like Kayla mentioned, local hunger isn't talked about often, but as she quickly found out it exists across west central Wisconsin in towns and villages of all sizes. FMP is grateful for each and every one of our partner programs and their many volunteers that commit to making a difference for families struggling with hunger.