Staying Safe

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Accessing Food and Other Basic Needs During COVID-19

May 9, 2020

Need help getting food or other essential items? There are many options to help in the Greater Milwaukee area. Check out what’s available for either yourself or others you may help.


Presenter:  Shelley Gregory (they/them or any pronouns)

Shelley is a trans human, activist, and advocate, and the Strategic Project Coordinator for FORGE. Shelley has worked actively in the LGBTQI+ community for over 25 years and began to focus their work on advocacy for transgender and non-binary folx nearly two decades ago. Their background is as a civil rights lawyer. Shelley continually aims to contribute to improving quality of life for trans and non-binary individuals and increasing our inclusion in society. Shelley presently assists survivors of violence through individual advocacy and peer support, as well as policy development and public education.



About ASK events:

ASK the Expert events are open periods of regularly scheduled time (Tuesdays from 6-7:00pm and Saturdays from 1-2:00pm) where you can ask questions to health care providers, mental health professionals, social workers, advocates, and lawyers.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, questions and topics discussed may focus on medical issues, mental health concerns, coping skills, access to public benefits, links to resources, where and how to access support. Each session will have a broad focus within these areas. Come with your questions. Sit back. Or lean in.

PACT NOW = Preventing and Assisting with COVID-19 among Trans and Non-binary Wisconsinites.  PACT NOW is a partnership between FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic.


Introduction 0:31
Presentation overview 3:28
FoodShare: WI Nutrition Assistance Program 6:41
Does unemploymemt count towards income for FoodShare? 13:36
Food pantries/sundries 16:43
Do food pantries/sundries accept Milwaukee municipal IDs? 20:51
Temporary community-based food resources & sundries 22:56
Temporary food sites 25:26

What food options can people with allergies/restrictions access? 27:55
Emergency food resources & sundries 30:57
Online or other delivery/pickup food services 33:44
Basic public benefit programs 38:58
Unemployment & pandemic unemployment benefits 39:45
BadgerCare & Medicaid 44:00
Rides to medical appointments 45:41

W2 – Wisconsin Works (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) 46:18
WI Shares – Wisconsin Child Care Subsidy 48:06
Programs/resources for folks who are elderly or disabled 49:33
2-1-1 (phone and online) 50:08
Shelley’s contact info for 1-on-1 support 51:34
Contact info for medical transportation assistance 53:04
Closing thoughts 55:39
What’s coming up? 56:33