IMPACT is committed to changing lives, for good. Our family of services helps restore the health and productivity of individuals, organizations and workplaces leading to an improved quality of life for our entire community.
IMPACT 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance.
IMPACT Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services includes consultation and referral for people concerned about alcohol or drug use.
IMPACT Awareness raises community consciousness about risky drinking and promotes healthy lifestyles with the stop drinking [SO MUCH] milwaukee campaign.
IMPACT Workplace Services provides consultation, training and employee assistance programs to foster a healthy and productive work environment.
IMPACT 2-1-1 is performing the important role of connecting kids to nutritious meals now that the school year is coming to an end. Coordinated by the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, the summer meals program ensures that local children have access to free food at over 150 supervised schools and parks. Our 24-hour state-of-the-art call center and online service center is the central access point for information about the meal sites, including dates and hours of operation.
While supplemental nutrition programs are readily available throughout the school year, once classes end many parents struggle to provide healthy meals for their children. According to the USDA, over 16 million children live in households that lack a consistent and dependable supply of healthy food.
Food insecurity is not the same as hunger. Food-insecure families are typically able to avoid going hungry by choosing cheaper, high-calorie food over more costly nutritious foods. For young children, the result is often a diet that provides inadequate nutrients for normal growth and development, and leads to obesity. Poorly-nourished children tend to experience problems in cognitive, language, and behavioral development, and are more vulnerable to chronic illness. Long-term effects include low achievement in school, emotional problems and poor health.
A family is considered food-insecure if they frequently:
- Reduce the size of meals because of lack of resources
- Forego nutritious, balanced meals due to lack of resources
Many food-insecure families have incomes above the poverty line which make them ineligible for other forms of assistance that people living in poverty may access. The summer meals program helps fill a void for thousands of families in Milwaukee and its surrounding communities.
To find a summer meal site near you, click here or dial 2-1-1.