Food Security During COVID-19
Wello was chosen as a recipient of a Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) COVID Response Grant. Wello will partner with Casa ALBA Melanie - Hispanic Resource Center and four of our local farmers markets (Downtown Green Bay, Inc., OnBroadway, Inc., Market on Military, and Oneida Market) to address food insecurity to those most vulnerable in the Greater Green Bay community.
This grant works to ensure people in communities most impacted by COVID-19 and those who are receiving Foodshare (EBT) benefits, including those families experiencing recent job loss and new to EBT or P-EBT (pandemic), have access to fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers markets. This project supports food security and our local farmers.
This project was funded through a COVID-19 Response grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Wello has received support from the Brown County United Way Emergency Response Fund. These response funds will expand the reach of those received from the WPP COVID Rapid Response Grant by allowing us to serve more of the Hispanic/Latinx families in Green Bay disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. These funds not only allow us to reach more people in our community, but it also aligns with the Brown County United Way’s mission to help 10,000 people reach the path to stability in 10 years.
Through this project, Wello and partners:
- Served a total of 80 Latinx families through Casa ALBA Melanie
- Served 40 families per month through St. Paul Lutheran Church
- Provided $7,200 in Pandemic Double Your Bucks to be spent at our farmers' market
- Expanded distribution by partnering with the Oral Health Partnership site at Howe Community Resource Center as a drop-off location
- Supported the local economy with $9,600 in direct produce purchases from local farm, Ledgeview Gardens.
- Created educational videos (August box and September box) in Spanish on how to make meals with the contents of the produce boxes with our partners at UW-Madison Division of Extension Brown County