WEST ALLIS, Wis.— A handful of groups in a Milwaukee suburb are teaming up to help those in need.
A sign down the street from a West Allis church reads ‘Free Food’ signaling to those on the street to come and grab something warm to eat. On the to-go menu is soup and large grocery boxes.
The woman filling up the soup is Pastor Cathy Manthei with the Apostle Presbyterian Church. She’s one of the founding forces of this outreach program.
“Everybody that comes is incredibly thankful,” Manthei says. “They all just receive it with grace. We are serving canned soup. It's not some huge meal but they receive it in a way that I've never seen in my life.”
Each Wednesday from 2-4 p.m., a handful of organizations in West Allis come together to help those in need. Groups like the West Allis Fire Department, health department, Street Angels, clinical services, and much more.
“What we are doing is we are going to the people that are in need at their level. We are coming out to the street to get them help. We are finding that is getting a lot more buy in and we are establishing a lot more trust within the community,” West Allis Fire Department Deputy Chief, Armando Suarez Del Real says.
They brave the cold temps to provide things like shelter, food, clothing, warmth, rapid HIV and hepatitis tests, medical assistance, pretty much anything to help those in need.
Outside the church are stacks of boxes filled to the brim with nutritious food for those in need to take home to their families.
The group meets 2-4 p.m. every Monday between Urban Joe and BMO Harris Bank on Greenfield Ave/ 70th street and 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at Apostle Presbyterian Church on 76th street.