Donation comes at critical time for several hunger related service organizations
Racine, WI – November 18, 2020 – Johnson Financial Group announced today that it will partner with Feeding America, Second Harvest and Feed My People to feed families across several Wisconsin communities over the holidays. Johnson Financial Group’s gift coincides with the company’s 50th anniversary.
Johnson Financial Group will donate $300,000 to support hunger relief efforts this holiday season. This includes $50,000 donations in six of Johnson Financial Group’s key regions in honor of the company’s 50th anniversary. Together, the three food banks will serve the following communities:
- Southeastern Wisconsin: Racine/Kenosha counties
- Greater Milwaukee tri-county area
- Northeastern Wisconsin: Green Bay/Appleton areas
- Madison/ Dane County
- Southcentral Wisconsin: Janesville/Fort Atkinson areas
- Northwestern Wisconsin: Barron, Sawyer, and Washburn counties
“Who would have imagined we would be facing a pandemic this year,” said Jim Popp, president and CEO of Johnson Financial Group. “Our communities need help now and these organizations will help us make sure that even the most vulnerable will have something during the holidays. We are honored to provide support and thankful for a 50-year tradition that has put our community first.”
“More families than ever need this support and we are grateful to Johnson Financial Group for stepping up at this difficult time,” said Patti Habeck, president and CEO of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. “This gift is particularly timely given the challenges our local communities are experiencing due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Together, we expect to provide nearly a million meals to Wisconsin families in need with this support.”
“As a result of the pandemic, more families than ever before are wondering where their next meal will come from. We are incredibly grateful to the Johnson Financial Group for this gift, said Michelle Orge, president & CEO, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. “The food we are able to share as a result of their generosity provides a little certainty during an uncertain time.”
“This donation will help ensure that people in the communities of Washburn, Barron, and Sawyer counties will have access to the food they need due to COVID 19”, said Nancy Renkes, Executive Director of Feed My People. “As we continue to see an increase in individuals needing food assistance, this donation helps ensure Feed My People Food Bank can meet that need.”
Johnson Financial Group is contributing to the communities it serves where Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Second Harvest of Southern Wisconsin and Feed My People Wisconsin have a network of pantries providing support. In addition to holiday meals, the donation will support expected increased demands in the coming months.
About Johnson Financial Group
Johnson Financial Group is a privately owned financial services company offering banking, wealth and insurance solutions through its subsidiaries, Johnson Bank, Johnson Wealth, and Johnson Insurance Services. For 50 years, we have put our clients first by serving as a trusted advisor, with engaged family ownership, strong values and committed associates. Firmly rooted in our community, ensuring it is a better place by volunteering and providing support where needed. For more information visit www.johnsonfinancialgroup.com.
About Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the largest hunger-relief organization in the state with locations in Milwaukee and Appleton. Founded in 1982 by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is a local and independent member of the Feeding America network. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin collaborates with 400+ hunger-relief programs, including food pantries, meal programs and shelters to provide more than 20 million meals annually to nearly 400,000 people across 35 counties in eastern Wisconsin. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin also supports programs that improve food security for people facing hunger and works collaboratively with community partners to solve hunger. To learn more about hunger in Wisconsin, visit www.FeedingAmericaWI.org.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin began working with local hunger-relief agencies in 1986. It helps end hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties through food distribution to its partner agencies, promotion of outside food assistance programs like FoodShare, and raising awareness of hunger. As southwestern Wisconsin’s largest hunger-relief charity it meets nearly one million requests for help each year. From July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 Second Harvest, together with its partner agencies and programs, provided 15.1 million meals. It is one of 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. For more information, visit SecondHarvestMadison.org
About Feed My People of Wisconsin
Feed My People Food Bank partners with over 200 hunger relief programs in 14 counties located in west central Wisconsin to help supply food to roughly 70,000 residents who are food insecure. For additional information contact Feed My People at 715-835-9415 or visit www.fmpfoodbank.org.