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2022 Q3 Newsletter


Food For Health and Food Benefit Company

Creating Equitable Access to Healthy and Happy Lives Through the Power of Food


Celebrate Bronzeville Week!

We are excited to participate in the 2022 Bronzeville Week Celebration and encourage you to join us! The City of Milwaukee’s annual celebration of African American culture, history, art, commerce, and entertainment will take place August 6 – 13. Events will be held throughout the week including specialty workshops, exhibits, live entertainment, and discussion forums. Alderman Milele A.Coggs is hosting the week, supported by the City of Milwaukee, Historic King Drive BID No. 8 area businesses, and several corporate and philanthropic sponsors. Here are a few highlights to consider.

  • Sunday, August 7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Bronzeville Cultural & Arts Festival
  • Tuesday, August 9, 7 – 9 p.m., Food for Thought – Poetry Event
  • Thursday, August 11, 2 – 3 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m., Bronzeville Trolley Rides
  • Saturday, August 13, Noon – 5:30 p.m., Bronzeville Art Walk & Afro Caribbean Cultural Celebration

Click here to view the entire week's schedule. We hope to see you there! 


HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run Kicks off Bronzeville Week

The HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes is the first of many Bronzeville Week activities, and it starts bright and early at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 6. O
rganized by the National Coalition for Healthy Black Families, the run promotes wellness by encouraging families to stay healthy mentally and physically. This year’s event will also include a virtual option. Anytime during August 1-6, participants complete the 5K individually, in their own neighborhoods, on self-designed routes. To learn more or to participate in the event as a runner, walker, or volunteer visit and register here.

FFH Featured at BID Breakfast

Food For Health is being featured at the Business Breakfast, Bronzeville Week's key networking event. The breakfast brings together area stakeholders and supporters of the BID from various locations throughout the city. During this event, held at Dead Bird Brewery, Food For Health, along with two other local businesses, will provide updates on their organizations. Click here for more details, including how to register for the breakfast. 

Milwaukee Film to Sponsor Award-Winning Food Justice Activist

Thursday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. • Food For Health • 2007 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr.

Join James Beard, award-winning author, chef, and food justice activist Bryant Terry for an interactive conversation with Food For Health Director of Advancement & Engagement Rayna Andrews about the intersections between poverty, structural racism, and food insecurity. Witness a live cooking demonstration and narrated tasting as Terry uses the art of storytelling to bring the indigenous roots and intersectionality of dishes from his cookbooks to stunning life. Backed by amazing local chefs preparing these spectacular dishes, this one-of-a-kind event will simultaneously nourish your mind and body. 

General Admission: General Public - $100, Members - $85 | VIP (includes signed copy of Terry’s book, “Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook]”): General Public - $125, Members - $110

Tickets may be purchased through beginning August 16, 2022.



Please join us for a very special Open House to be held on Thursday, October 27, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm, at our new Milwaukee headquarters, located at 2007 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We will open up our campus, providing tours through our new Headquarters on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive as well as our Brown Street location, which will be the first Medically Tailored Meal facility to open in the state of Wisconsin!

The event will provide great opportunities to make new friends, raise funds for charitable efforts, and experience our delicious food and impactful programs. We plan to make this an immersive experience, and we to see you there!

The Brown Street Food Production Facility will be capable of producing 50,000 meals per week to be distributed through our Food For Health and Food Benefit Company.

Food For Health's
Programming Space

While we're looking forward to hosting everyone for our upcoming Open House in October, we thought we'd share a sneak peek of our first-floor programming space. The 1st floor can be rented for special events and the demonstration kitchen, fitness facility, and clinical area will be available for community programming. Email to provide feedback on what classes you'd like us to provide.


FFH Graduates From the Medically Tailored Meal (MTM) Accelerator Program

Recently Food For Health completed the yearlong, intensive training Food is Medicine Accelerator Program. The Food is Medicine Accelerator is a partnership between the Food Is Medicine Coalition (FIMC) Community Servings, God's Love We Deliver, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School, and the Non-profit Finance Fund. 

The Food is Medicine Accelerator, works to refine, replicate and broadly scale the MTM model to support individuals in areas across the country that do not have access to medically tailored meal services. We are proud to join this national movement working to ensure that people coping with food insecurity and severe illness have access to medically tailored meals, wherever they live.


FFH Member John D. Shares His Success!

John has been in the Food For Health program for 13 months. Over that time span, he has lost an incredible 87 lbs!  In addition, his A1C went from 6.7 to 5.7. He says he is so excited because he continues to lose weight and is filled with so much more energy now. He says that as a result of the weight loss he has found it easier to move around and has started a walking program. Congratulations John!



Almond and Blueberry Granola Bars

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cup roughly chopped almonds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup fresh blueberries


Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper so that two sides of the paper overhang the sides like handles. Coat generously with nonstick spray.

Spread the oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, and coconut flakes on a rimmed, ungreased baking sheet. Toast in the oven until the coconut looks lightly golden and the nuts are toasted and fragrant, about 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

Meanwhile, heat the honey and peanut butter together in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture is smoothly combined. Remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla cinnamon.

As soon as the oat mixture is finished toasting, carefully transfer it to the pan with the peanut butter and add the blueberries. With a rubber spatula, stir to combine.

Scoop the batter into the prepared pan. With the back of a spatula, press the bars into a single layer. Bake the healthy granola bars for 15 to 20 minutes: 20 minutes will yield crunchier bars; at 15 they will be slightly chewier. With the bars still in the pan, press a knife down into the pan to cut into bars of your desired size (be sure to pick a knife that will not damage your pan—I typically cut into 2 rows of 5). Do not remove the bars. Let them cool completely in the pan.

Once the bars have cooled completely, use the parchment to lift them onto a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars again in the same place, going over your lines to separate. Pull apart and enjoy!