UU Church West’s “Split the Plate” program is one of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offerings to a non-profit organization, to help us live our Unitarian Universalist values and serve our community. Our Split the Plate partner for mid-July through August is The Gathering of Southeastern Wisconsin.

The Gathering’s Fresh Produce Preservation Project (FPPP), begun in 2010, complements the Gathering’s mission to feed the hungry with respect and dignity. This seasonal project (August – November) collects donations of fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers and other food sources. The produce is preserved by canning or freezing for use in Gathering winter meals when fresh produce is not as available. By increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Gathering’s meals, guests receive meals with higher nutritional value.

The Gathering Provides Produce to Local Restaurant Which Provides Free Meals
As an emergency response to COVID-19, The Gathering donated fresh produce to The Tandem restaurant for its efforts to feed the community. When the crisis first struck Milwaukee, The Tandem opened its doors to provide free meals to the community. The local restaurant began its philanthropic efforts on March 18 and has since created a buzz around the city. The Gathering caught wind of The Tandem’s initiative and began donating its own supplies including fresh Brussels sprouts, avocados, onions, cilantro and more.

“It’s very important to us to continue to live our Mission,” says Lyn Hildenbrand, Executive Director of The Gathering. “It was a no-brainer for us to partner with The Tandem with it began its free meal service. We were thrilled to hear that another food resource would become available for our neighbors in need and we are eager to help in any way we can.”

Learn more about The Tandem and their initiatives.

At The Gathering all persons are welcomed without regard to race, religion, or lack of a faith belief, national origin, gender, age, handicap, or sexual orientation. The Gathering community RESPECTS the dignity and values of every individual served and values its volunteers. To support The Gathering any time this month, go to the UUCW website’s “Donate” tab and select “Split the Plate” from the menu provided. For more information about Split the Plate, contact Kathy Herrewig.

Besides monetary donations, you can help by volunteering or participating in our annual Golf Classic. To learn more, visit The Gathering.