We utilize our partnerships with area food pantries and regional food banks to serve those most in need in our communities.
Providing Healthy Food Choices to Our Local Counties
- CHS makes healthy food choices more available, creating tangible hunger relief.
- CHS serves the following 18 counties through our vital partnerships: Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Vernon and Trempealeau.
CHS Demographics of Service *
(* from 2014 US Census and 2014 USDA Statistical Supplement to household food security in the US)
- Total population of 18 counties CHS serves: 1,403,930
- Of this total population number, 1 out of 5 (totaling 280,786 people) is ” food-insecure” (meaning that at some time during the year these individuals were unable to acquire adequate food due to lack of resources)
- Of these “food-insecure” individuals, 1 out of 4 (totaling 70,197 people) used food pantries in 2014
Sharing Harvested Bounty with Those in Need
- CHS helps share the bounty of locally grown food: fresh produce from farmers’ fields that would otherwise go to waste.
- CHS supplies food pantries with fresh vegetables which provide their clientele with healthy food choirces not previously available.
- Food insecurity is directly linked to poverty, and the Southwest Wisconsin region has one of the highest poverty levels in the state (of which 12.6% people are food-insecure). This area is also home to a great number of small family farms who have considerable capacity to produce high-quality foods, but lack access to secondary markets for their excess produce.
- Meal Sites & food pantries do not have the infrastructure to source fresh produce and lack resources to promote the health benefits to their clientele.
“I’m always encouraged by the helpful volunteers at the local food pantries. They always have smiles on their faces and serve with joyful attitudes. It has been a pleasure to develop lasting friendships with individuals, as we partner in serving those in need of hunger relief in our communities.
– Gary Thompson, CHS Farm/Food Coordinator
- CHS sources excess fresh vegetables from producers in the area to supply low income residents regionally with healthy produce at approximately 300 food pantries/meal sites in the 18 counties served by Second Harvest of Madison and Hunger Task Force of La Crosse. CHS directly serves the 13 pantries within 20 miles of Viroqua with regular deliveries as needed.
- CHS has created and distributed over 50 resource guides which include recipes, nutrition and storage guidelines to area food pantry personnel. These recipes were turned into 35 take-home recipe cards; over 190,000 cards have been made available to pantry residents. In addition, CHS’ nutrition educator has conducted over 100 on-site food cooking and tasting demos at local pantries to further support individuals trying healthy produce that they may not be familiar with.
“This is the third summer Living Faith Food Pantry in Viroqua has enjoyed working with Community Hunger Solutions. The produce they provide for us supplements the food we get through Second Harvest. It always is fresh and of good quality. The educational component enhances our program with information, recipes, and food samples. Everyone is happy to try new food and get some new ideas. Thank you, CHS!”
– Candace Toltzman, Living Faith Food Pantry, Viroqua WI
Partner Food Pantries
CHS serves various local food pantries, including the following:
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VIOLA FOOD PANTRY
GAYS MILLS FOOD PANTRY
DESOTO FOOD PANTRY
STODDARD FOOD PANTRY
LA FARGE FOOD PANTRY
PARK VIEW MANOR
Partner Food Banks
CHS distributes to two food banks serving 18 Southwest Wisconsin counties. These are: Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, and Hunger Task Force of La Crosse.
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“Community Hunger Solutions is a valuable partner in fighting hunger. The produce we receive from them is a great source of nutritious food for the clients we serve. We are so grateful for all they do!”
– Danielle Lawson, Food Resource Manager, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
“Second Harvest appreciates partnering with CHS and the Food Enterprise Center to get wonderful excess fresh produce from the Driftless Region to the food pantries we serve in 16 SW Wisconsin counties.”
– Dan Stein, President/CEO, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin
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