Responding to needs in our community by providing food and supplies during a time of need. Non judgmental environment amongst friends to help eliminate barriers and support the power of choice.
Enriching lives with nourishment and friendship.
Started on March 13, 2020, when COVID hit our communities.
Anticipating a shutdown, everyone was scrambling to see if they had enough supplies and were packing the stores to stock up. It was also the week Rochelle attended an online meeting from her corporate team at NextHome (Real Estate Brokerage). During the meeting, they encouraged their teams to reach out to our past clients and check in on them. The CEO prompted that now was the time to step up and help others. The NextHome slogan is #Humans Over Houses. The message rang deep into Rochelle’s soul. She glanced around and thought to herself, “I have everything I need”, what do others need? She quickly noticed that friends were posting on Facebook that they needed help, but didn’t see any organized groups jumping in to help.
Within three short months, SE WI Emergency Support Group, a non-profit organization obtained their 501C3 Status.
Justin Gamauf, Rochelle’s son joined the team and is currently the Treasurer along with the role of Food Resource Manager. In September of 2020, we had the privilege of adding Angelica Graef to our team and she became our Director of Operations.
After some discussion we realized that our name wasn’t exactly fitting what we were doing. We hired a marketing company and added a DBA to our name, Friends With Food.
Friends with Food, truly embraces our mission and what we do.
February 2021, Brandon Aman, joined our team as a Volunteer Coordinator and helps with Fund Development.
The future’s so bright, we are working on bringing other programs and services to our community. Check out our fundraising events to help support our mission.
If you like our mission, please help us by volunteering, donating, or sharing our posts on Facebook. Helping others in need is so rewarding, and are honored to give back to our community.