MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kohl’s
(NYSE: KSS) announced a donation of $750,000 to further expand the Hunger
Task Force MyPlate initiative, a healthy eating guide influenced by
the USDA MyPlate food model. The program, which was successfully
implemented in six Hunger Task Force network food pantries in 2017,
raises the awareness of incorporating all five food groups and
encourages the public to be conscious of how their food donations impact
healthy eating. With the continued support of Kohl’s, Hunger Task Force
plans to convert an additional 18 pantries to the MyPlate program in
2018, as well as educate the community on the importance of donating
healthy food options, setting higher standards for food donations in
“Kohl’s is proud to partner with Hunger Task Force to continue support
of the MyPlate healthy food model, which brings healthy food options to
pantries around Milwaukee,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of
communications. “Through this program, Hunger Task Force is creating
true positive change in the health and wellness for families in our
Kohl’s funding will be used to purchase over 375,000 pounds of food –
including boxes of 2% dairy milk, bags of whole grain brown rice and
peanut butter, as well as pantry equipment such as refrigerators to keep
healthy, perishable foods fresh. Kohl’s donation will help offset the
substantial cost of supplying the Hunger Task Force network with the
healthy, nutritious foods needed to stock MyPlate-certified pantries.
Part of the funding will also support community education and awareness
of the initiative, with the goal of encouraging healthier food donations.
“In 2017, Hunger Task Force became the first food bank in the U.S. to
operate under MyPlate healthy food guidelines, and we strive for our
leading approach here in Milwaukee to serve as a national model for the
program,” said Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force executive director.
“Support from Kohl’s is helping Milwaukee assure nutritious food is
available of our food pantries throughout the community, building
increased awareness of the importance of healthy eating for everyone.”
Six high-performing food pantries within the Hunger Task Force network,
including the Riverwest Food Pantry and Ebenezer Food Pantry and Clinic,
have successfully converted into full-scale MyPlate pantries, meaning
these locations only offer and accept donations of quality, nutritious
food that meet MyPlate guidelines. In 2018, Hunger Task Force will
convert an additional 18 programs, bringing the total number of MyPlate
pantries within the network to 24.
Summer Meals Purchases
Kohl’s funding will also continue to support summer supper purchases.
From June through August, the federal Summer Food Service Program
provides mostly breakfast and lunch at summer meal sites, meaning many
hungry children do not have access to healthy suppers. Hunger Task Force
will direct Kohl’s funding to purchase nearly 65,000 summer suppers,
ensuring that Milwaukee children in need who do not attend daycare or
elementary school can receive three meals a day.
The donation is made possible through Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s
Cares®, which sells children’s books and toys and donates 100
percent of the net profit to charitable initiatives.
Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading omnichannel retailer with more than
1,100 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering
families to lead fulfilled lives, Kohl’s offers amazing national and
exclusive brands, incredible savings and an easy shopping experience in
our stores, online at Kohls.com
and on Kohl’s mobile app. Throughout its history, Kohl’s has given
nearly $600 million to support communities nationwide. For a list of
store locations or to shop online, visit Kohls.com.
For more information about Kohl’s impact in the community and how to
join our winning team, visit Corporate.Kohls.com.
About Hunger Task Force
Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate
food obtained with dignity. Hunger Task Force works to prevent hunger
and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by
promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.