2013 Milwaukee Empty Bowls Recipients

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Agape Community Center
Agape Community Center owes its start to the thoughtful vision and the financial support of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.  Several Sisters living in the neighborhood learned that too many area families regularly subsisted on meals of bread and cereal.  Working with area churches, they began serving community meals in November 1986.  Since that time, Agape has grown into a vital community resource offering services, activities and programs to nearly 25,000 neighbors.

Fondy Food Center
The Fondy Food Center runs the Fondy Farmers Market located at the corner of 22nd and Fond du Lac Avenue, just one block north of North Avenue. Open four days per week during the growing season and home to over 29 farmers and vendors, it is one of the largest producer-only outdoor markets in the area.

Hope House
Hope House is an emergency and transitional living facility as well as a true community center located in the near south side of Milwaukee. Opened in 1987, Hope House was created to provide a safe, temporary refuge for people needing a place to sleep. Over the years, Hope House has evolved into a complete provider of services for homeless and low income individuals. In addition to residential services, Hope House provides community outreach to individuals needing health care, food distribution, financial assistance, and educational opportunities for adults and children. Hope House provides services that aim to end homelessness and create healthy communities.

Interchange was created in 1971 to conquer hunger issues in Milwaukee’s Lower East Side. Existing literally as a closet, it has grown into one of the largest in the surrounding community. Interchange helps over 500 individuals every month with a nutritious bag of staples, frozen items, bread, dairy and fresh produce.

Jewish Community Pantry
The Jewish Community Pantry maintains a general food section, a Kosher section, an infant section as well as distributes stockboxes for seniors.

La Causa
Since 1972 when the first La Causa child daycare opened until now, La Causa is a multifacted agency serving thousands. One thing hasn’t changed: La Causa exists to serve people. People who are mothers living in poverty. People who are babies and children just starting out in life. People who live right in our communities…

Milwaukee Christian Center
Motivated by concern for the poor, MCC’s Emergency Food Pantry addresses the emergency needs of very low income individuals and families by: providing a three to five day supply of emergency food; offering a basic needs assessment to individuals and families in the most distressing circumstances;  providing culturally appropriate food to Hmong, Lao, and Latino families;  providing service in Spanish, Hmong, and Laotian languages; and  offering a commodity supplemental food program to qualifying individuals and families.

Repairers of the Breach
Repairers of the Breach is Greater Milwaukee’s grassroots homeless outreach, provider of the area’s only daytime refuge and resource center for homeless people. Established in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) advocacy organization, it acquired its first daytime homeless center in 1994. They purchased their current facility in Milwaukee’s Central City in 1997.

St. Catherine’s Food Pantry
Part of St. Catherine Catholic Church Congregation, the on-site food pantry serves 2,500 people during the year. For more than 25 years, the pantry has served neighborhood residents from Sherman Blvd. to 60th St. and Keefe Ave. to North Ave. Each Saturday morning, food pantry visitors are provided with a three-day supply of nutritious food. Neighbors may come to the pantry every four weeks.

The Gathering
The Gathering is a nonprofit Milwaukee-based hunger relief organization focusing on feeding Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless. Its Community Meal Programs have been in operation since 1982, serving between 90,000-100,000 home-cooked, free meals annually. It is one of Wisconsin’s largest volunteer-based meal program with 1,500-2,000 volunteers.