1301 Sentry Drive, Waukesha, WI, 53186
Mission Statement: “The FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County provides food, hope, and dignity to county residents in need, and advocates to increase awareness of hunger in the community through collaborative action”
With the help of more than 220 volunteers, we distribute food to thousands of Waukesha County residents in need. Donated food is distributed based on nutritional guidelines, family size, and any special dietary needs.
Name, title, company:
Karen Tredwell, Executive Director, Waukesha County Food Pantry (FPWC)
How long as your organization been with the coalition?
-The organization has been with the coalition since it first began: about 20 years.
How does your organization fit in with the coalition’s mission: “Through collaboration, cooperation, and information sharing, the WCNC works to prevent hunger and food insecurity, provide information and education on nutrition issues, and promotes social policies that achieve food security while honoring the dignity of those we serve”
-The primary focus of both the organization and coalition is to end hunger in the community. The coalition’s mission and activities support the organization. With the coalition, the organization is able to expand due to many partnerships that are created. It strongly benefits with having other non-profit agencies that can relate to the same goal. With the coalition, the organization is able to become aware of what’s going on in the community and if there are any trouble-shootings. The monthly meetings are helpful to the organization because it allows them to become better advocates and servants to the people.
What is the greatest achievement you have had/seen within the coalition?
-The biggest achievement that was accomplished within the coalition was the introduction of free and reduced breakfast in local schools. This implementation was primarily led by UW extension. With the aid of the coalition, there is an on-going commitment to helping all members to have the most up-to-date information.
What is the greatest benefit of being a coalition member?
-It’s beneficial to be able to be in the same room with other passionate advocates to help with low-income neighbors. Each agency encourages each other and shares ideas with one another. With being a coalition member, comes great opportunities to expand their education and to take part in different opportunities. The organization is also able to learn about what’s out there and other agency programs. They are able to become better educated on national and local information.
Were there any projects that have been achieved or are currently being worked on regarding the coalition? (Brief description)
-Due to the information shared by the coalition, it’s easier to reach out to donors. With that, the coalition greatly helps them shift their message to the community and is able to encourage healthier options. The coalition allowed for expansion on nutrition education as well. The Food Recovery Program is also another project where different agencies and the coalition worked together; it’s a program that saves usable, but wasted foods.
Did any new partnerships form from networking?
-Many new partnerships had formed and with that, the organization is able to work better with the client registration process. Also, the Food Recovery Program is a project that allowed for the different partnerships to come together. Due to this program, the problem with food in the landfills diminished and other agencies are able to receive foods from the Waukesha County Food Pantry. The food distribution is coordinated by the FPWC, free of charge, to more than 40 different food pantries and various shelters throughout Waukesha County.
Civil Rights Statement: University of Wisconsin, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin counties cooperating. An EEO/AA employer, University of Wisconsin-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.