Who We Are
In 2012, United Way of Inner Wisconsin invited food providers, those who help to address hunger issues and other members of the community to come together to form the South Wood County Hunger Coalition. The Coalition is working to fight hunger in our community by working collectively toward a common goal. The Coalition has formed working committees in the following areas: access to healthy and nutritious foods, outreach and advocacy for those facing hunger, educating the community on hunger, and research – to determine the current/future needs of food programming in our community. Some of our accomplishments: in 2016 we held our Fourth Annual United We Can event, created and distributed a “Food Provider List” and a “Healthy Food Donation List.”
South Wood County Food Providers
In 2016, 26% 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. For your convenience, we have two versions to choose from.
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.