Resources

We've collected some resources that you can use to educate others on the risks of lead, get testing performed, nutrition information, and special program information.
The USDA and City of Milwaukee have several resources available for help with educating the public about lead exposure and links to healthy diets and nutrition.

Check It & Protect It

Lead in Water at Our Schools

Schools across Milwaukee are taking steps to test their water for sources of lead. Both Milwaukee Public Schools and a number of charter schools have tested and published the results. 

Federal Nutrition Programs & Additional Resources

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

Parents and guardians can utilize the Women, Infant and Children Program for nutrition education, lead testing and food-buying benefits. The WIC program supplies healthy food to low-income pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, and for infants and children up to 5 years old who are at nutritional risk. Children under age 6 are more susceptible to lead absorption. Foods provided through WIC include: infant formula, fruit and vegetables rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C, whole-grain bread and cereals and iron-enriched cereals, eggs, milk and cheese.

Summer Food Service Program (Summer Meals)

Summer is the peak time for childhood hunger. Through the Summer Meals program, kids 18 and under can receive meals this summer at supervised locations like schools, parks and community centers throughout Milwaukee.

School Breakfast Program (SBP)

Parents and guardians of school-aged children can participate in the School Breakfast Program and after-school snack or supper program to ensure that their children are never hungry. The SBP provides a nutritious breakfast for students in public and private schools and residential childcare institutions. Each school breakfast must contain three components: grains, a fruit or vegetable, and milk. All of these food items may help limit lead absorption. Wisconsin ranks last in the number of schools that participate in the School Breakfast Program. Increasing participation statewide is an easy way to ensure all students have access to quality nutrition.
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FoodShare

Families without enough money to adequately provide healthy meals for everyone in the household can apply for FoodShare benefits and visit a local food pantry. Many food pantries in Milwaukee offer foods high in iron, calcium and vitamin C to supplement a healthy diet.

Mobile Market

Continue to stretch your grocery dollars by taking advantage of FoodShare incentives, like the Pick ‘n Save Fresh Picks Mobile Market. This grocery store on wheels travels throughout Milwaukee County to visit neighborhoods and communities that have limited access to fresh and healthy foods. The market is an active store, not a food pantry or donation center, that sells only fresh fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products. All items are 25% off regular grocery store prices.

Farmers Markets

Visit local farmers markets stock up on healthy items, like fresh produce. The farmers markets in Milwaukee County offer you produce fresh from local Wisconsin farms, including seasonal produce, plants, cut flowers, and baked goods.

Healthy Eating Recipes

One great way to incorporate plenty of calcium, iron and vitamin C into your (and your family’s!) diets is to prepare meals at home made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients. Click the links below for easy, healthy recipes great for any occasion!

Senior Stockbox Program

Hunger Task Force administers the Commodity Supplemental Food Program–known locally as Stockbox–which provides a healthy and nutritious box of supplementary food to low-income seniors. Each month Hunger Task Force delivers nearly 9,000 Stockboxes to low-income seniors at senior housing sites in Southeastern Wisconsin. To qualify for a Stockbox, seniors must be 60 years or older and a resident of Wisconsin and meet the monthly income requirements.