The closing of a Waukesha dairy processing plant earlier this month left 110 employees out of work. But it will bring a small windfall to Superior, thanks to the work of the Milwaukee-based Hunger Task Force.
A truck filled with 10 pallets of milk -- about 700 cases -- is slated to arrive across from the Solid Rock Mission in Superior, 1004 N. Sixth St., at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to Millie Rounsville, executive director of Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency (NWCSA). Any Wisconsin resident who wants to can pick up a case or two of milk, she said. The Hunger Task Force requested that it go to people who are at or below 200 percent of the poverty limit. That would include about 60 percent of Douglas County residents, Rounsville said.
"We've got a lot of people in need in Superior," she said.
The truck's arrival wasn't set until Friday, so Rounsville is scrambling to get the word out through phone calls, word of mouth and posters at area food pantries.
"We just want to get it out to people," she said. The milk will have to be drunk within a few days, however, as it is close to its expiration date.
Hunger Task Force is one of NWCSA's partner agencies. When members of the Milwaukee-based group heard about the closing of the Golden Guernsey plant, Rounseville said, they immediately started work to get the milk released. The milk will be trucked out across the state, from Green Bay and La Crosse to Ladysmith and Superior, according to Rounsville.
The current plan is to have people drive down North Sixth Avenue, pull into the alley, show their Wisconsin identification and get handed a case (or two) of milk. There will be no paperwork to fill out.