Community Partners

We are proud to acknowledge our partners in the community who work alongside The Gathering to strengthen our collective impact in alleviating hunger and homelessness in Milwaukee. We work in tandem with these partners to extend our mission in new ways and into new neighborhoods, raise awareness about hunger and homelessness, and provide needed resources for our guests.

Homeless Outreach Nursing Center (a program of Community Advocates)
The Homeless Outreach Nursing Center is focused on locating and stabilizing the homeless mentally ill. They are active at our Breakfast Program weekly. 

St. Ben’s Medical Clinic
This clinic is a department of Columbia St. Mary’s and serves as a safety net to Milwaukee’s homeless by providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care. Clinic staff provide services weekly at our Breakfast program.

Milwaukee County Housing Division
The Milwaukee County Housing Division periodically provides staff to the Gathering’s breakfast meals. Staff members share housing resources and funding with Gathering guests. 

Feeding America, Eastern Wisconsin
A national food bank network with a local presence providing free and low cost food to pantries, meal programs and other nonprofits.

Hunger Task Force
A local nonprofit, providing hundreds of thousands of pounds of free food to hunger-relief organizations and families throughout Milwaukee. Hunger Task Force also promotes sound social policy, operates their own sustainable farm and administers the Hunger Relief Fund to raise money for local hunger-relief agencies.

Witte’s Vegetable Farm
The Witte’s Vegetable Farm, just north of Milwaukee in Cedarburg, is the Gathering’s largest donor of fresh produce to our Fresh Produce Preservation Project.

Impact 2-1-1
A central access point for people in need. Offers a free confidential helpline (211) and online resource directory for easy access to information and assistance in times of personal crisis. 

Christian Faith Fellowship Church East
Home of our south side Dinner Program, Monday and Wednesday, and Saturday Lunch.  The Gathering rents space from the church for on site programming.

Our Next Generation (ONG)
The Gathering rents space for our Saturday lunch and supplies food for ONG's tutoring and mentoring program targeted to Milwaukee central city youth.  

Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church
In 2015, Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church became the Gathering’s fourth official meal site, serving Saturday lunch every second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

Milwaukee Empty Bowls
Using art to heighten hunger awareness, Empty Bowls volunteers create handmade bowls that are sold to the public at their main event every October. The money raised is donated to food pantries and meal programs in Milwaukee.

All Saints Cathedral Hunger Book Sale
This annual event funds local and national hunger relief organizations.  Used books are collected throughout the year, organized, priced and sold to the public the first weekend in August.  If you are interested in donating books or volunteering, call All Saints Cathedral at 414-271-7719.

Open Door Café
St. John’s Cathedral’s Open Door Café serves meals Sunday-Friday from 11:15am-12:30pm at 831 N Van Buren St to a daily average of 180 men, women and children in Milwaukee. It is the only regular mid-day meal available in the city for the poor and homeless.

St. Ben’s Community Meal
St. Ben’s has hosted a community meal at 1015 N 9th street since 1970. The meal continues Sunday-Friday from 5:15-6:30pm.

St. Vincent de Paul Meal Programs
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization that offers meal programs and family support services. They serve a dinner Sunday-Friday at 931 W Madison street and 2610 N Martin Luther King Dr from 5:30-6:15pm.