‘Food for the Holidays’ campaign aims to raise enough money for ‘a million meals’

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MILWAUKEE -- The holidays are a time when most of us celebrate the season with our families. But for a lot of people in the area, life is far more difficult.

“Well if we just think about Milwaukee," said Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin CEO Charles McLimans. "One-in-four children in Milwaukee go to bed hungry at night.”

That’s where Feeding America steps in. On Tuesday, the organization kicked off its seventh annual Food for the Holidays campaign. Through food drives, collections and monetary donations they hope to meet a lofty goal.

Food for the Holidays

“Our goal for the Food for the Holidays programs is a million meals," McLimans said. "That is a lot of food. We say with one dollar you can purchase at least three meals.”

Food for the HolidaysFeeding America’s Milwaukee food bank is the hub of this endeavor. It is a clearinghouse that moves all those donations to pantries, churches and organizations throughout the state.

“It’s really playing a vital role in the lives of the community," said Leon Brown, a pastor at Kingdom Builders Fellowship Center in Racine. "This time of the year, Feeding America takes a lot of pressure off of people."

“With our partnership with Feeding America, and our partners throughout the community," Catherine Draeger-Pederson, the Executive Director of Friedens Community Ministries, explained. "We are able to serve 48,000 individuals each year with food.”

Food for the Holidays

Food for the Holidays runs through the end of the year, hoping to help families in Eastern Wisconsin have a true celebration.

“We want to provide that experience for everyone," McLimans said. "We believe that food is a right, not a privilege.”

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin