Food for the Hungry

Our History

It began with an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in September, 2002. Irene Czarnecki read an article about LaCausa nursery that gives parents a needed break as well as a safe haven for children who were abandoned and await placement in foster homes.

Mike Czarnecki retired due to health problems at age 59 and Irene suggested that perhaps some of his contacts in the bakery might be able to supply bakery to them. This would be surplus product that would end up in a dumpster. Mike made contact with a supervisor and the program began. Read More

Board of Directors

John Schmitz, President
Jerald Fetzer, Treasurer
Betsy Derfus, Secretary
Frank Jelen, Director
Sharon Kimball, Director
Steven Pollock, Director
Sandy Freeman, Director
Donnie Sievert, Director
Erin Couillard, Director

Team Leaders

Pepperidge Farm

Charlie Ruzick

Sara Lee

George Berger



Hunger Task Force
Knights of Columbus, Council 3095
Hunger Relief Foundation
St. Vincent de Paul Society
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
Salvation Army
Milwaukee Homeless Veteran’s Services
American Legion
VFW Posts
Urban Ministry/Another Hand
SET Ministry


Brownberry, a Division of Bimbo USA
Pepperidge Farm
Pick n Save Foods
Perfect Timing/Calendars
Sara Lee Northside Outlet
Red Lobster
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Numerous other providers