Written by Christina Wicklund | Marketing Specialist
Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of covering our 50 Years 50 Charities teams. With each post, I am amazed at the amount of time and effort our teams put into their charities, but most of all, I am awestruck by their passion and empathy toward their causes.
This month we feature our headquarters-based team, the Red Hot Chili Preppers comprised of Kristina Delgado, Samantha Gehrke, Larre Haack, Nick Perez and team captain, Whitney Darling. Their charity of choice is the Hunger Task Force. The Hunger Task Force is Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s only food bank that does not charge for food, delivery or membership.
The Hunger Task Force operates a food bank that provides healthy and nutritious food to a local network of food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and deliver stock boxes to the elderly all free of charge. They also operate a 200+ acre farm that grows fruits and vegetables for the express purpose of feeding the hungry.
When asked why Hunger Task Force, Whitney Darling stated that the “We as a team believe that every person in this community should be able to have access to food especially fresh fruits and vegetables. The Hunger Task Force works to prevent hunger by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.” She continued to say, “the Hunger Task Force also provides education to low income families specifically children. Their Dietitian Educator teaches a unique nutrition education curriculum to 3rd and 4th grade students in local Milwaukee Public Schools. Kids learn about nutrition, healthy eating and how to make healthy recipes. They also teach the kids how to grow their own plants and teach them to cook using fresh ingredients.”
On one of the hottest days in May, the Red-Hot Chili Peppers headed to The Farm. The Farm is a convenient 15-minute drive from our headquarters office and grows more than 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables that support the Hunger Task Force. The team’s goal for that day was to plant seedlings of watermelon into pre-formed rows as a team. With temperatures soaring into the 90⁰ (f) and the sun beating down the Red Hot Chili Preppers grabbed their water bottles, gardening gloves and hit the fields. With a combination of determination and hydration breaks, they were able to accomplish their goal in less than 4 hours!
Since Meetings & Incentives Worldwide kicked off their 50 Years 50 Charities campaign the Red Hot Chili Preppers volunteered almost 100 hours of their time to the cause. Plus, the team also held fundraisers so they will be able to make a monetary donation of several hundred dollars. When I spoke to Whitney Darling about future projects in the works, she replied, “Yes, the Hunger Task Force has many ways to volunteer from building stock boxes, food sorting, working local events, and of course, working The Farm which the team is scheduled for later this month!”
To donate, volunteer or to learn more about the Hunger Task Force, please visit their website Hunger Task Force or call 414.777.0483.