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AARP Wisconsin Helps Hunger Task Force Stock Boxes

AARP Wisconsin in support of the “Create The Good” campaign are teaming up with the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee to make sure low-income seniors in southeastern Wisconsin are aware that a free food distribution program in their area has doubled in size.

The “Stockbox” program will make food boxes available to twice as many seniors in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties. But the deadline to sign up for the free boxes is July 30, 2010.

A Stockbox is a free box of food from the federal government and is given to people older than 60 who have a monthly income of $1,174 or less. “We call the program Stockbox because it is loaded with canned and dry goods that will help your food buying budget,” said Jon Janowski, Director of Advocacy for the Milwaukee office of Hunger Task Force. “We give away about 6,000 boxes a month, but our goal is to have 9,500 seniors enrolled in this program by the end of July.”

The boxes contain cereal, canned goods, powdered milk, canned vegetables, canned fruits and juices, pasta or rice, peanut butter, canned meats like tuna, beef or pork, and two pounds of fresh Wisconsin cheese. “Everything is wholesome and good for you,” Janowski said.

To get your first Stockbox, go to the Hunger Task Force office, 201 S. Hawley Ct., just west of Miller Park. Take the Hawley Road exit off I-94 and the office is just south of the expressway. The office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“We will send you home with your first free box of food. We will also sign you up for the monthly program and give you a map to your nearest distribution site so you will know where to go next month,” Janowski said. “With more than 35 places to get a Stockbox, there is one near you.”

There is no need to bring check stubs to prove eligibility. “Just bring your ID along to help get you signed up. It’s simple and easy. Once you are enrolled you will get the box every month. If you are homebound, have a family member bring a letter from a doctor or social worker and let them get you signed up.”

AARP Wisconsin is helping spread the word about the program’s expansion, and is boosting the volunteer spirit that’s at the heart of the Hunger Task Force mission through Create the Good.

“Create The Good is a nationwide effort to engage AARP members to become more involved so they can make a difference in their own communities,” said Jennifer Baier, Program Coordinator for AARP Wisconsin. “Create the Good is a destination that creates a community for people to connect to ways to make a difference.” Check out CreateTheGood.org to preview some ways to get involved now.

For more information about the Stockbox program, contact the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee at (414) 777-0483 or toll free at (866) 632-9992. Or visit www.hungertaskforce.org.

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