County Food Pantry (FPWC)
1301 Sentry Drive, Waukesha, WI, 53186
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
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
-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.
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