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President & CEO John Hyatt's powerful pledge to the community
By: John Hyatt, President & CEO
The Struggle is Real
By: John Hyatt, President & CEO
John Hyatt named IMPACT President & CEO
By: Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing and Communications
Thank you for everything
by Michael G. Davis, President and CEO Posted: December 1, 2015
IMPACT 2-1-1 among largest 2-1-1 providers
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications Posted: March 30, 2015
‘Tis the Season
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications Posted: December 22, 2014.
New housing for families in Milwaukee County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
by Wyatt Massey, IMPACT Marketing & Communications Intern. Posted: May 28, 2014.
IMPACT 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service Expands to Nine Counties
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications. Posted: February 11, 2014.
Pocket Change
Michael G. Davis, President & CEO, IMPACT. Posted: December 19, 2013.
LEADING INDICATORS. LEADING CHANGE.
By Michael Davis, President & CEO. Posted: June 13, 2013.
We’re in the big leagues now
By Michael Davis, President & CEO. Posted: April 29, 2013.
2-1-1s Bolstering Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications. Posted: November 12, 2012.
IMPACT 2-1-1 and Hunger Task Force Team up to Feed Kids This Summer
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications Posted: June 6, 2012
Off the Streets & Out of Harm's Way
by Bob Waite, IMPACT 2-1-1 Program Director Posted: April 12, 2012
Looking Back. Moving Forward.
by Bob Waite, IMPACT 2-1-1 Program Director Posted: February 6, 2012

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IMPACT 2-1-1 and Hunger Task Force Team up to Feed Kids This Summer

by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications

IMPACT 2-1-1 is performing the important role of connecting kids to nutritious meals now that the school year is coming to an end. Coordinated by the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, the summer meals program ensures that local children have access to free food at over 150 supervised schools and parks. Our 24-hour state-of-the-art call center and online service center is the central access point for information about the meal sites, including dates and hours of operation.

While supplemental nutrition programs are readily available throughout the school year, once classes end many parents struggle to provide healthy meals for their children. According to the USDA, over 16 million children live in households that lack a consistent and dependable supply of healthy food.

Food insecurity is not the same as hunger

Food-insecure families are typically able to avoid going hungry by choosing cheaper, high-calorie food over more costly nutritious foods. For young children, the result is often a diet that provides inadequate nutrients for normal growth and development, and leads to obesity. Poorly-nourished children tend to experience problems in cognitive, language, and behavioral development, and are more vulnerable to chronic illness. Long-term effects include low achievement in school, emotional problems and poor health.

A family is considered food-insecure if they frequently:

  • Reduce the size of meals because of lack of resources
  • Forego nutritious, balanced meals due to lack of resources

Many food-insecure families have incomes above the poverty line which make them ineligible for other forms of assistance that people living in poverty may access. The summer meals program helps fill a void for thousands of families in Milwaukee and its surrounding communities.

To find a summer meal site near you, click here or dial 2-1-1.