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By Hope House Milwaukee on 8/2/2013 12:46 AM

Food Pantry Assistant, Alexa Turner

Alexa Turner packing bags at USSFP

Hope House’s Food Pantry Assistant, Alexa Turner, recently finished her sixth month at Hope House and oversees operations at the United South Side Food Pantry. Her work at USSFP includes managing incoming donations, packing well-balanced food bags, overseeing and organizing volunteers, checking in guests, as well as providing nutritional and application assistance for programs such as SNAP and WIC. Alexa graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2012 with a degree in Criminal

Justice, but knew for some time she wanted to be involved in social work; at USSFP she found her niche and loves working with the different groups of people, from guests to volunteers. One of the challenges of the job is in meeting guests who are in need, 

but arrive before or after hours; Alexa observes, “it is hard” to have to ask guests to come back when the pantry is open “when I am aware of their need for food.” That said, she also notes that it makes her “happy knowing that, even if only a little, I am contributing to helping families in Milwaukee.”

United South Side Food Pantry

Often when discussing food pantries, or state and federal programs, such as WIC or SNAP, the term ‘food insecurity’ is included somewhere in the discussion. Food insecurity may seem like just another hot new buzzword that you find hashtagged on Twitter, but for those whom it affects, #foodinsecurity is only the beginning of the conversation. Food insecurity means in basic terms, not knowing where your next meal is coming from. While often linked to poverty, it is more often the case that the contributing factor creating food insecurity in the United States is unemployment. Personal economic fallout from the recent recession, which included rising unemployment, foreclosure and health insurance rates, disappearing pensions and shrinking home values, both individually and collectively contributed to rising levels of food insecurity in the United States.

In 2011 - two years after the end of the recession – this issue still represented a very real circumstance for nearly 15% of the US population, or roughly 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. ...

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