The nonprofit Hunger Task Force is on the move.
The organization announced Thursday it had purchased a 120,000-square-foot warehouse at 5000 W. Electric Ave. in West Milwaukee.
The transaction price was $6.7 million, the organization said.
“This location will serve as our new headquarters, increasing our efficiencies to ensure we are the best stewards of our financial and volunteer resources,” Sherrie Tussler, the organization’s executive director said in a statement. “Hunger Task Force has a rich tradition of serving the community with dignity and compassion. The new building increases our strength to serve.”
Hunger Task Force said the warehouse will house all food, supplies, resources and staff under one roof.
The organization will initiate a fundraising campaign early next year “to support the conversion of the warehouse into an ideal food bank, including building a new freezer, a cooler and additional office build-out.”
In a news release announcing the purchase, Hunger Task Force said it has pivoted significantly during the coronavirus pandemic as it manages more than $13 million in statewide CARES Act funding.
The organization said it is assisting “hundreds of Wisconsin communities with supplies and Wisconsin food products, and operating without the support of volunteers.”
Since April, the group said it has distributed 3.7 million more pounds of food compared to the same period in 2019.
The organization said it has delivered 14 million pounds of Wisconsin-made products, including federal Farmers to Families Food Boxes across the state.
“This new headquarters will allow Hunger Task Force to provide robust support to independent food banks, other anti-hunger organizations and Tribal Nations into the future,” Tussler said.
The organization will continue to operate out of its current headquarters, 201 S. Hawley Court, as the warehouse gets built out.