Focusing on healthy food for all - Food for Tomorrow, a focus area of United Way of Sheboygan County, began in 2010. This project outlined building blocks that could be implemented separately or sequentially and/or individually or collaboratively to begin addressing food hardship (food security) issues faced by low income, working individuals and families. Food for Tomorrow underscored the need for a multi-pronged approach to increasing access to all food resources, strengthening community resources to help vulnerable populations achieve and maintain economic security and providing opportunities to help improve knowledge about food choices and resources.
Food for Tomorrow has partnered with a number of community organizations and provided funding to assist in providing:
- Summer Nourishment: Since 2009, United Way has partnered with Sheboygan County Head Start, the Boys & Girls Club of Sheboygan County, Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization and Nourish to provide a free summer lunch program. In 2014, the Summer Nourishment program added a new partner to the program - the Sheboygan Area School District agreed to administer the program, previously administered by Sheboygan County Head Start. Over the years the program has grown and in 2015 served more than 33,000 meals over the course of the summer.
- Farmer’s Market: The Farmer’s Market, a program of Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization, was provided United Way funding to obtain an Electronic Benefit Transaction (EBT) machine. This machine allows individuals and families to use their FoodShare card to purchase vegetables and fruit. Funding also supports Nourish which provides cooking demonstrations and samples twice each month to educate how to use and prepare fresh produce.
- Sheboygan County Food Bank: The Sartori Foundation and Jim & Jan Sartori provide funding through United Way and Food for Tomorrow initiative to support a staff position for the Sheboygan County Food Bank. The Food Bank Coordinator assists with facilitating food drives, working with the annual Sheboygan Area Rotary Clubs Making Spirits Bright event, assisting with the annual Meat Animal Sale, coordinating food donations from local companies and providing other support services to the member food pantries. The ten pantries that are members of the Sheboygan County Food Bank are serving an average of 2,000 households each month.
Additional Files Referenced in 2015 Report:
- 2010 Food for Tomorrow Report
- Food Resource Directory
- Pantry Household Survey
- Pantry Survey Volunteer Interview
- Sheboygan County Food System Analysis Spring 2015
To learn more about Food for Tomorrow contact the United Way at 920.458.3425.