Many families face the strain on food budgets, as the costs of other daily necessities continue to rise. Local help is available to enable residents to plan nutritious meals. The programs below may offer assistance. Some programs will have eligibility criteria. To obtain additional information, contact the phone numbers listed.
Individuals or families who are eligible for this benefit are employed but do not earn enough to completely support their families, are disabled and cannot work, have lost their jobs, or are living on small, fixed incomes. Benefits are encoded on a plastic card called the QUEST card. It is used like a bank debit/credit card. For eligibility information call1-800-291-2002 or check out the Wisconsin website at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodshare/index.htm.
Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC)
The purpose of this federally funded program is to promote and maintain the health and well-being of nutritionally at-risk pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children. WIC provides supplemental vouchers for the purchase of nutritious food and infant formula. In addition, participants receive other health and nutrition counseling. For eligibility information, call the local WIC clinic at the Greenfield Health Department at 414-329-5243. All WIC sites can be found at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wic/local-projects.htm#Milwaukee.
Senior Meal Program Dining Centers
Coordinated through Milwaukee County Department on Aging, this program provides hot, nutritious meals as well as the opportunity for social, educational and recreational activities for senior citizens. The dining centers are open Monday through Friday and offer a pleasant atmosphere in which to dine and socialize with friends. Advance registration is requested. Dining centers are located in several communities in southwest Milwaukee. For information on sites in Milwaukee County, call at 414-289-6995 or go to http://county.milwaukee.gov/Seniornutritionprogr13232.htm.
Meals on Wheels
The Milwaukee County Department on Aging offers home delivered meals to senior citizens who meet broad income guidelines and have difficulty with mobility. For further information, call 414-289-6874 or visit http://county.milwaukee.gov/Seniornutritionprogr13232.htm.
Hunger Task Force Stockbox Program
The Hunger Task Force offers a FREE stockbox of food, once a month, to low income persons over 60 years of age, and other clientele based on need. Each box is filled with a variety of nutritious perishable and nonperishable food. Hales Corners Lutheran Church offers local coordination through home delivery or pick up at local host sites. For further information, call the church office at 414-529-6700 or go to https://www.hungertaskforce.org/what-we-do/food-bank/help-seniors/.
St. Mary’s Catholic Faith Community, in Hales Corners, operates a food pantry coordinated through St. Vincent de Paul, a catholic nonprofit service organization. The food pantry serves persons from all religious denominations. Home visits are scheduled to confer with individuals requesting assistance in order to meet specific needs and obtain basic, confidential information. For further information, contact the church office at 414-425-2174.
St. Martin Of Tours Parish, in Franklin, operates a food pantry serving any person in need from surrounding communities. The pantry is open from 10:00 a.m. until noon every Tuesday and 6 to 7 pm the second and fourth Thursdays. The pantry is located in the lower level of the Parish Office building. Persons do not need to be interviewed and no appointment is necessary. For further information, contact the church office at 414-425-1114.
Other food pantries are located throughout Milwaukee County. Call the community information line at “211” for other locations.
Whitnall School District Food Service
During the school year, the Whitnall School District offers low cost lunches for senior citizens at Whitnall High School. A menu is available and lunch is served Monday through Friday, between 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The cost for the lunch is $3.00. No registration is necessary. For more information call 414-525-8430 or log on to www.whitnall.com.
Information provided by the Hales Corners Health Department. A Public Health Nurse is available to assist residents in locating various community resources. For an appointment please call, 414-529-6155, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.