There’s never been a better time to thank The Creator for what we have.

There’s no in-person school, many have lost their jobs, and don’t know how they are going to pay for necessities like food and medicine, let alone being kept away from family and people they love by “social distancing”.

Some of us may be ill, or frightened because there isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel yet, and we do not know how we are going to get our families through the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are people and organizations who have been working around the clock to help those in need of medical care, food, a place to quarantine or get a smile. Places like the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, offering essential items to clean and sanitize homes in these trying times. In support of GLIIHC, the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Green Bay has generously donated to this efforts. Our WOLFE program has continued pick-up and/or delivery of weekly meals to our elders. The GLIIHC Youth Support Team is providing supporting educational materials to our Youth Empowerment Program children and  young adults. We of course have thank our amazing staff here at GLIIHC for dealing with this pandemic first hand, day in and day out. Local hospitals inundated with patients and their workers have been a beacon of strength.

We have a gift handed down by our ancestors that helped them survive and flourish through horrible times, more horrible than the COVID-19 pandemic that has yet to peak in Milwaukee. It’s our Native beliefs and culture and our love for Mother Earth and each other – that’s what will get us through this time of duress: We never forget where we came from, and we help others, including strangers.

In this time of struggle, numerous Milwaukee organizations have stepped up in and effort to help and feed the community. Keeping our families fed, healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic can raise the stress level for any family. That’s why the GLIIHC staff has gathered tips that you may find useful during your daily routine and providing for loved ones.

Hunger Task Force

Milwaukee Public Schools have teamed up with the Hunger Task Force for our kids.

In fact, MPS has prioritized meeting families’ basic needs with free meal distribution. In terms of student learning, the district has given families printed and online “enrichment” materials that won’t be graded.

Milwaukee Public Schools distribution sites, which will serve anyone with school-aged children. While private schools are providing their own meals for families.

Here links to more areas with food for seniors and families:

More Milwaukee area resources

The Muslim Community Center, 5135 N. Teutonia Ave., (414) 462-1998
Produce Only: 9:00am – 11:00am
Capitol Drive Lutheran Church, 5305 W. Capitol Dr., (414) 445-1656
Blessing Box: Looks like a small library, has pantry items stocked and free to grab
Salvation Army – 60th St, 5880 N. 60th St., (414) 464-2840
Food packages: 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Vivent Health, 820 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 225-1515
Food pantry by appointment only – please call to set an appointment
Milwaukee Christian Center (MCC), 807 S. 14th St., (414) 645-5350
Food pantry: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
UMCS, 3940 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 344-1818 or william.schmitt@umcs-wi.org
Food Pantry: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

West Care WI, 335 W. Wright St., Ms. Clair (414) 239-9359
Curbside Food Pick Up: 1:00pm until food is gone
Salvation Army – West, 1645 N. 25th St., (414) 342-9191
Food packages: 8:30am – 11:30
COA Goldin Center (Gill Family Resource Center), 2320 W. Burleigh St., (414) 449-1757
Food pantry: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Amani Community Center Food Pantry, 2840 W. Locust St.
Food pantry: 9:30am – 11:30am
Ebenezer COGIC Food Pantry, 3132 N. MLK Drive
Food pantry: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Salvation Army – Oak Creek, 8853 S. Howell Ave., (414) 762-3993
Food packages: 9:00am – 12:00pm

211, If you are a senior and can’t make it to these locations, 211 will deliver your food

Thank you to Safe and Sound Milwaukee for this list!