Wisconsin News Briefs

Residents invited to 14th District town hall meeting on Saturday, February 11

Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic is inviting area residents to attend the first District 14 town hall meeting of 2023 on Saturday, February 11 beginning at 10 a.m. The town hall will take place at the Humboldt Park Pavilion at 3000 S. Howell Ave. All district residents are welcome.

The town hall will feature timely news and updates from various city departments including the Department of Public Works, Department of Neighborhood Services and the Milwaukee Police Department. The Department of City Development will also provide an update on the Bay View Neighborhood Plan.

“I always look forward to hosting town hall meetings in the district to make sure neighbors have a chance hear directly from city departments and ask questions of the people doing this important work on a daily basis,” said Alderwoman Dimitrijevic. “Those who live in the district should mark their calendar now for our first town hall of the year, and come prepared with any questions, ideas, or other thoughts they’d like to discuss.”

What: District 14 Town Hall Meeting

When: Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m.

Where: Humboldt Park Pavilion, 3000 S. Howell Ave.

Wisconsin’s Spring primary is ahead, ensure you have an ID to vote

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds voters to check and be sure that they have the proper identification needed to vote in this month’s primary (February 21, 2023).

Wisconsin driver licenses or IDs are the most common form of identification used for voting purposes. A federally compliant REAL ID card is not required to show at the polls. The Wisconsin Elections Commission notes other forms of identification are valid for voting, such as military or student ID cards. To see if a card meets the requirements, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.

Voters looking to get their first Wisconsin ID can turn to DMV for help. To obtain an official ID card, there are documentation requirements such as a birth certificate. If all documentation is not readily available, the ID Petition Process (IDPP) may be used to obtain a receipt valid for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained.

DMV offers this service and ID cards for voting purposes free of charge. DMV’s toll-free hotline (844) 588-1069 is available for questions on obtaining an ID to vote.

DMV’s website has a locator to help find the nearest DMV and check wait times (wisconsindmv.gov/centers).

Hunger Task Force Receives $750,000 Donation from Kohl’s to Help Reduce Food Insecurity in Milwaukee

Many families and seniors will need additional help with food  as extra COVID FoodShare payments end and inflation continues

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 11:30 a.m.

Where: United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin (UMCS) 3940 W Lisbon Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Visuals: Leaders speaking from the podium about forthcoming food needs  Tour of the UMCS food pantry Shelves stocked with food and pantry clients shopping

Interviews Jonathan Hansen, Development Director – Hunger Task Force

Tara Geiter, Director of Community Relations – Kohl’s

Bill Schmitt, Executive Director – UMCS

Summary of Event:

On Wednesday, February 8, Kohl’s will announce the continuation of its 14-year support of and partnership with Hunger Task Force with a $750,000 donation to provide healthy food for families and children facing hunger. The Kohl’s funding will be used to address current food donation shortages with the purchase of ten truckloads of food for Hunger Task Force’s network of 68 food pantries, homeless shelters, senior dining sites and soup kitchens, and will provide kids free meals this summer through the Milwaukee Summer Meals program.

During the event, Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force, and William Schmitt, executive director of United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin, will address the impending challenges food banks and food pantries will face as families and seniors will receive their last extra COVID-19 FoodShare payment (Emergency Allotments) on February 19, 2023.

At the conclusion of the remarks, a tour of UMCS’ “choice” pantry, a pantry in Hunger Task Force’s network that operates with a grocery store shopping model, will be given and an opportunity to speak with a family or senior about the upcoming changes to FoodShare and the impact it will have on them and their families.