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WayForward and area food pantries bring call to action to the Capitol
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June 25, 2024

WayForward and area food pantries bring call to action to the Capitol

WayForward and area food pantries bring call to action to the Capitol

A coalition of 36 Dane County food pantries released a letter to the community on Tuesday, sounding an alarm about the rising number of people facing food insecurity and the need for both immediate support and longer-term solutions to the challenges of distributing enough food to meet the growing need.

The letter, published as a full-page ad in Tuesday’s print edition of the Wisconsin State Journal, begins: “Dane County, we need your help.” The cost of the ad was co-sponsored by United Way of Dane County and the newspaper. 

“As Dane County food pantries, we serve thousands of people in our community each day. Our shared mission is to make sure our neighbors don’t face hunger,” the letter said. “But we are facing a serious challenge.”

The food pantries also held a press conference Tuesday morning at the state Capitol, where they were joined by local officials and community leaders, including Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, Janel Heinrich, Executive Director  of Public Health Madison & Dane County, state legislators, county supervisors, and other invited guests. The event drew broad coverage from local media.

Wisconsin State Journal: Madison-area food pantries struggle to meet rising demand

Middleton-Cross Plains Times Tribune: WayForward, Other Food Pantries Issue Call to Action

Wisconsin Public Radio: Many Dane County food pantries are spending more on food than ever before

City Cast Madison: Interview with WayForward Executive Director Ellen Carlson

News 3 Now: Dane County food pantries ask for assistance

WMTV 15: Dane County food pantries pushing for more financial help

WKOW 27: Local food pantries call on Dane County community for support as demand increases

WORT Radio: Dane County Food Pantries Issue Call To Action, Amidst Shortages And High Demand

Spectrum News: ‘We are facing a serious challenge’: Over 3 dozen pantries come together in call for help

InBusiness: 3 dozen local food pantries issue call to action over scarce resources

WisPolitics: Local food pantries issue call to action, “Dane County, we need your help.”

Wisconsin Eye: News Conference: Dane County Food Pantry Leaders on Food Insecurity [Signup required for a free account to watch]