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New food bank association aims to better feed the hungry


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Several of Wisconsin’s largest food banks are forming a state association to create new and more efficient ways to feed the hungry.

The Wisconsin Association of Feeding-America Food Banks will be announced Tuesday.

Feeding America is the former Second Harvest organization. The new group says it will develop and coordinate public and private partnerships to help end hunger in Wisconsin. They plan to raise public awareness, and find new sources for both food and revenue.

United HealthCare says it will donate $100,000 to get the new state association off the ground. The group includes the eastern Wisconsin chapter of Feeding America, along with the Channel One regional food bank, the “Feed My People” food bank, and three Second Harvest banks.

Together, those facilities serve all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.