AT&T is kicking off its Believe MilwaukeeSM initiative today and pledging $150,000 to help combat hunger in the city.
The goal of AT&T’s Believe Milwaukee initiative is to work with community leaders and utilize AT&T’s local assets, including financial contributions and employee volunteers, to help combat hunger and improve the health of Milwaukee neighborhoods.
Poverty is one of the most pressing issues facing Milwaukee and has a significant impact on the community’s health. In Milwaukee, many families and children who fall below the poverty line live in hunger or do not have access to fresh, healthy food. At 34.4 percent, the poverty rate in the central city of Milwaukee is more than three times the statewide rate, according to the Institute for Research on Poverty.
“Hunger is a real issue with more people in our Milwaukee neighborhoods struggling to provide food for their families than many of us realize,” said Scott VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “AT&T’s employees have always been dedicated to giving back to our communities. Today, we are excited to launch Believe Milwaukee and collaborate with local nonprofits to combat hunger and provide nutritious meals to those individuals in need.”
As part of today’s Believe Milwaukee launch, nearly 170 local AT&T employees spent the day packing 20,000 high-nutrient dehydrated meals for individuals facing hunger. The meals are being donated to The Salvation Army’s food pantries in Milwaukee.
AT&T also announced contributions totaling nearly $150,000 to four Milwaukee non-profits working to address hunger in the city:
“Fighting hunger in Milwaukee is one of our city’s great challenges,” said State Representative Jason Fields. “Too many Milwaukee residents live in food deserts without access to grocery stores or fresh, healthy foods. Through initiatives like AT&T’s Believe Milwaukee and support from so many local nonprofits, we can help bring nutritious food to our neighbors in need.”
The goal of Believe Milwaukee is to work with community stakeholders to help combat hunger and improve the health of Milwaukee neighborhoods. Believe Milwaukee is an extension of AT&T BelievesSM -- a larger company-wide initiative designed to create positive change in local communities.