Feeding America Unveils Truck to Help Feed the Hungry at Oshkosh Area Community Pantry
Truck Donors Help Distribute Food to Pantry Clients
WHO: Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, J.J. Keller Foundation, Inc., Oshkosh Corporation
Foundation, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and U.S. Venture
WHAT: Truck unveiling news conference and food distribution to clients
WHEN: Thursday, October 28, 2010
WHERE: Oshkosh Area Community Pantry, 2551 Jackson Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Oshkosh, WI – Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is celebrating the expansion of the Fresh Rescue program in the Fox Cities with the addition of a new refrigerated truck generously donated in part by the J.J. Keller Foundation and the Oshkosh Corporation Foundation. The 26-foot truck will assist with pick up and distribution of Fresh Rescue product including meat, produce, dairy and bakery from local retail stores. Last year, the Fresh Rescue program gathered more than four million pounds of fresh food, a 200% increase from the previous year. “Meat and produce is an important part to a healthy diet because it provides protein and vitamins that are often lacking from the diets of those at risk of hunger because of the expense of that food,” said Bonnie Bellehumeur, president of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
In Winnebago County alone, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin distributed more than one million pounds of food last year, a 77% increase from the previous year. Representatives from the supporting Foundations will assist in the distribution of 300 food bags to the community.
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the largest private non-profit distributor of food in the state. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin’s warehouse in Omro distributes more than 2 million pounds of food to more than 300 pantries, meal programs and shelters in 25 counties throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is affiliated with Feeding America, formerly named America’s Second Harvest, which is consistently ranked as one of the most efficient charities, out of the country’s 100 largest charities, by Forbes magazine. Since the organization was founded 28 years ago, the food bank has distributed more than 250 million pounds of food. To learn more about hunger in Wisconsin visit www.feedingamericawi.org
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