As part of University School of Milwaukee’s Community Engagement program, Upper School students were exposed in various ways to food insecurity and hunger in Milwaukee. Students first met with a panel of local experts about how food insecurity affects people in Milwaukee. The panelists were (pictured from left to right) Matt Stienstra of Hunger Task Force; Carrie Schuessler of Riverwest Food Panty; and Jennifer Ortner of the Department of Health Services for the state of Wisconsin.
Next, students participated in a hunger simulation led by the Hunger Task Force, during which they were challenged to plan a week’s worth of food for a family given limited budgets and other extenuating factors.
About the Community Engagement program
USM’s Community Engagement program educates students about issues that exist in Milwaukee and in many other parts of the country. The program builds awareness of the many needs in the Milwaukee area and encourages them to develop their own ideas about how to make our community better for all.
By understanding more about their community and its problems or issues, students have a better sense of others’ needs, learn about their community, and build empathy. They also learn about nonprofit organizations where they can complete community service hours required for graduation, and some will find issues that motivate them to action that goes beyond completing the required hours.