Hunger Task Force
Hunger Task Force
Outpost Natural Foods and Hunger Task Force have been active community partners since the late 1990's. We share their common goal of ending hunger in our cities and have created a number of programs to help them achieve that goal. What is unique about Hunger Task Force is that all food and services are provided free of charge to local area emergency food pantries. That means they are 100% reliable on community support to help them operate and provide food for the thousands of people who face hunger every day in Milwaukee. Look for these programs in stores throughout the year!
Thanks to the thirty-six Outpost owners, family and staff for sorting and packing 22,000 pounds of food in the January 18, 2011, food sort. That's, um, equal to eleven tons or about three average elephants. You rock!
Think Outside the Lunchbox
June 1 - August 31
Many area children rely on the breakfasts and lunches provided by local schools for daily nutrition. When school lets out for the summer many families must provide additional daily meals for their children. For some, budgets are already stretched so regular healthy meals are often skipped and good nutrition can be severely compromised. This summer food drive puts out collection barrels for shoppers to donate foods suitable for children.
Thanksgiving Meal Boxes
Outpost provides fresh produce for the annual Thanksgiving Meal Boxes assembled by dedicated volunteers at Hunger Task Force. In year's past, 800 meal boxes were sent out to area families. This is a direct food donation from Outpost Natural Foods.
Buy A Bag for the Hungry
November 1 - December 31
For a $20 donation, shoppers "purchase" $40 worth of natural and organic foods - enough to fill a grocery bag - for the hungry, including fresh carrots, apples and potatoes. Area school children hand decorate grocery bags which are sent along with the food to emergency food pantries mid January. In celebration of the program, Outpost staff, owners and shoppers participate in a January food sort. Since the program's inception, Outpost shoppers have provided over $435,000 worth of food to help alleviate hunger in our community!