This is the time of year most of us overindulge in food (myself very much included), but it's also a great time of the year to start helping hungry Wisconsinites get food in their belly.
For the past few years my company has worked with the House of Peace to put together holiday food boxes. Normally, we do a good job but this year we did a great job! We turned it into a competition and split into teams to see which team could donate the most food. Typically, each person donates about three items but this year we each donated an entire box or more. In the end, my company ended up donating 50 boxes of food and feeding 350 families! This is the largest single donation the organization has ever had!
If you are looking for a more social way to help, look into FoodFightMKE (@FoodFightMKE). In their own words, FoodFightMKE "is a movement initiated by young adults dedicated to educating, engaging, energizing and inspiring local citizens to beat hunger in Milwaukee." This organziation was started by a group of OrangeAid interns who teamed up with the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee to start a more socially engaging way to fight the hunger of Milwaukee families.
FoodFightMKE has teamed up with #MKEfoodies and local food bloggers to start creating really FUN events to get people out, aware, and helping! This past weekend they held a Cookies for Kids' Cancer bake sale at Best Place and served specialty drinks at AJ Bombers.
If you missed either of those two events, this Thursday, Dec 15th they are holding a Soup & Bread Event at the Riverwest Public House (815 E Locust St, Milwaukee). The event will be held from 6 - 8:30 PM. Local chefs and foodies are donating soup, bread, and their time for this event; so you know it will be good! FoodFightMKE will be on-hand to collect free-will donations for the Hunger Task Force.
FoodFightMKE is hoping to end the year strong so please come out and bring your friends to these events. If you can't make it, you can also text "FOOD" TO 52000 to donate $10 to FoodFightMKE or email Marie at the Hunger Task Force if you would like to volunteer.
Oh yeah, and who doesn't love a Fash Mob?!