House of Corrections may get healthy meals, and revived workforce program

By: - October 8, 2021 6:15 am
Avid Gardener

A shopper peruses the plants at the Avid Gardener, a shop on the Dane County side. (Henry Redman | Wisconsin Examiner)

Milwaukee County Supervisor Ryan Clancy applauded efforts by the Hunger Task Force to provide healthy food to the House of Correction (HOC) and  expressed hope that  the county will restore its Work Farm program. The program allows incarcerated people in county facilities to perform labor on the farm and develop related skills.

“I welcome Hunger Task Force’s proposed donation of healthy food to the jail and House of Correction as a way to immediately reduce harm,” said Clancy, “and I look forward to collaborating with Hunger Task Force to restore the county’s Work Farm program. Using vendors like Aramark, who are motivated by profit, harms both the people in our care and their families.”

Hunger Task Force executive director Sherrie Tussler stressed the importance of the move. “There is no reason whatsoever for any person living in Milwaukee County to be hungry, including those who are institutionalized. Hunger Task Force would like to offer a remedial solution by offering foods we have on hand to help feed people who are in our custody.”

The Hunger Task Force grows about 500,000 pounds of produce each year on 200 acres of land, previously known as the Milwaukee House of Corrections Work Farm. In 2012, Hunger Task Force signed a 30-year lease with Milwaukee County Parks to operate the farm. Clancy is currently working to develop a proposal to rekindle the Work Farm Program. HOC Superintendent Chantell Jewell welcomed the news.

“The House of Correction is committed to comprehensively meeting the needs of our residents. This collaboration will allow us to provide additionally fresh and healthy snacks, which will contribute to the wellness of individuals in our care,” said Jewell.


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Isiah Holmes
Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Holmes' video work dates back to his high school days at Wauwatosa East High, when he made a documentary about the local police department. Since then, his writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, and other outlets.