The Interchange Food Pantry Mission: Improve the health and well-being of our guests through nutritious food and compassion. Our vision: Feed all guests who enter our door until there is no one at our door.
The Interchange Food Pantry (Pantry) remains open during the pandemic. We need healthy volunteers ages 16 to 59 to help keep our doors open. Why? The majority of our volunteers helping throughout the year are 60 and over and no longer can volunteer since they are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
Since the stay at home order went into effect in Milwaukee, the Pantry is serving 419 guests per week. Last year at this time, the Pantry served 217 guests per week.
We need volunteers: To help unload shipments and recycle cardboard on Monday and Friday from 9 am to Noon. To help package bags of nutritious food for our guests to take home, the Pantry needs help on: Tuesday: 10 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm Wednesday: Noon to 3 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm Thursday: 8 am to 11 am, and 11 am to 2 pm. and Saturday: 8 am to 11:30 amThe IFP Reach: In 2019 the IFP served 13,871 guests (monthly average: 1,156) compared to 9,169 guests (monthly average: 764) in 2018.
Footprint: In May of 2018, the IFP expanded our services from a neighborhood pantry (lower eastside) to serving the city of Milwaukee.
On a typical pantry day, we provide fifteen fresh or frozen vegetables or fruit, three dairy items, five protein items (includes plant-based protein), three items of grains, and two comfort food items.