Who We Are
Since 2012, United Way of Inner Wisconsin has been collaborating with food providers, those who help address hunger issues and other community members through the south Wood County Hunger Coalition. The Coalition is working to fight hunger in our community by working collectively toward the goal that, “Community members have access to food.” Some of the outcomes we will be working on in 2018 include:
- Coalition- an inclusive, effective coalition of stakeholders exists
- Food Supply- a nutritious supply of food is available & efficiently distributed
- Community Awareness- communities in SWC are aware of hunger issues
- Research- a knowledge base is continually developed to inform the work
- Meeting the Need- people who are hungry receive the food and support they need
- Funding- adequate funding streams exist and are used
Anyone in the community who is interested in helping to fight hunger in our community is welcomed to join us at the table for this work.
South Wood County Food Providers
In 2017, 19% of calls to United Way’s 2-1-1 were for information for Food Services. To help spread the word, we created a "Food Provider Flyer" that can be posted in offices, breakrooms, waiting rooms, etc.
Did You Know...
- The coalition participated in a Hunger Simulation in fall of 2016 where over 30 coalition and community members participated and experienced first-hand the frustrations and barriers that many in our community face to gain access to food and food-related resources. The coalition hopes to offer this simulation to the community in fall, 2017.
- Feeding America hosted its Second Annual Health & Hunger Summit in Wisconsin Rapids in the spring of 2017 and members of the Hunger Coalition attended to collaborate and network with other food programs from around the state.
- The Hunger Coalition has partnered with the Wood County Health Department’s Coalition, “Recreate Health,” to host community wide discussions around exploring the possibility of creating a Community Food Center.
- In 2016, United Way’s 2-1-1 received 271 calls for assistance acquiring food.