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DATCP Announces Recipients of Food Security Initiative Grants


September 17, 2020

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has announced the recipients of funding through the Food Security Initiative. A total of 17 food banks and other non-profit organizations that serve people and Tribal Nations across Wisconsin will receive a total of approximately $5 million through the COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant. This funding aims to help them adapt to the infrastructure challenges they’ve faced as a result of COVID-19.

Recipients and grant amounts of the COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant are Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program, Inc., Green, Grant, Iowa, Lafayette and Richland counties, $12,650.00; Community Action Coalition, Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha counties, $311, 319.50; Feeding Wisconsin, Inc., statewide, $2,200,000.00; Hunger Task Force, Inc., statewide, $2,200,000.00; Caldwell United Methodist Church, Racine County, $1,623.33; Caritas, Inc., Rock County, $5,000.00; City of Stoughton Food Pantry, Dane County, ,$1,839.04; Deerfield Community Center, Inc., Dane, Jefferson and Rock counties, $4,457.57; Extended Hands Pantry, Dane County, $20,000.00; FINAO, Inc., Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine counties, $146,361.20; First Presbyterian Church, Racine County, $8,220.00; Friends of Women in Recovery (Beacon House), Bayfield, Dodge, Jefferson, Manitowoc, Oneida, Outagamie, Portage, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago counties, $4,000.00; Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County, Pierce and St. Croix counties, $20,000.00; South Milwaukee Human Concerns, Inc., Milwaukee County, $10,000.00; Transformation House, Brown County, $13,800.00; United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS), Inc., Milwaukee County, $5,200.00; United Way St. Croix Valley, Burnett, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties, $34,920.00.

Additionally, the $10 million provided as part of the COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products grant will be distributed across two of Wisconsin’s largest hunger relief organizations. As part of the application for this funding, recipients needed to demonstrate an ability to successfully network with producers, processors, Tribal Nations, and food banks from across the state. The COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products Grant Recipients are Feeding Wisconsin, Inc., $5,000,304.00 and Hunger Task Force, Inc., $5,000,304.00, both serving statewide.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for people across Wisconsin, but people experiencing food insecurity have been hit especially hard,” said DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski. “We appreciate Governor Evers’ leadership in supporting the farmers who produce our food every day, as well as these organizations that never stop working to get that food to the people who need it most.”

About the Food Security Initiative

The Food Security Initiative is made possible by $15 million provided by Governor Tony Evers from Wisconsin’s federal CARES Act funding. The initiative was announced in May 2020.

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