Kohl’s donates $800,000 to Hunger Task Force

Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s Department Stores recently donated $800,000 to Hunger Task Force to help ensure that food pantry shelves in the area remain stocked. The donation will help provide appropriate food supplies throughout the year for the approximately 35,000 people that rely on food pantries and soup kitchens in the area each month.
“Everyone at Kohl’s was deeply moved when Hunger Task Force informed us that they would be unable to provide some of their crucial services due to lack of funds. We felt fortunate to be in a position to help during this time of need,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “Nearly 60,000 meals are served at soup kitchens in Milwaukee each month – and about half of those served are children. Our partnership with Hunger Task Force, through our Kohl’s Serving Up Supper for Kids Program, is dedicated to fighting hunger for kids in our community. We are very proud of the service that Hunger Task Force provides and know that this additional donation will help fill a critical need for families doing all they can to make ends meet.”
According to the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, 30 percent of charitable organizations reported a decrease in fundraising from last year. The donation is funded through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which sells special merchandise, including plush toys and books, and donates 100 percent of the net profit to benefit children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.  
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Kohl’s,” said Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force executive director. “They have been amazing partners when creating our Kohl’s Serving Up Supper for Kids Program and, when they heard of our need, they didn’t hesitate in their decision to help fill our pantries. Thousands of families will now have the nutritious meals we strive to provide.”
The money will help Hunger Task Forces provides supplies for 82 food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters throughout the Milwaukee area, providing dry milk, cereal, peanut butter, canned vegetables and soup as well as other food staples that were in urgent need. The remainder of the donation will be used to ensure appropriate supplies of food to Hunger Task Force’s network of food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the year.

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