Leaders at the center, 6100 N. 42nd St. in Milwaukee’s Thurston Woods neighborhood, are asking the 19 faith-based organizations that buy, prepare and serve community meals to provide healthier food. With the help of registered dietician and Mount Mary College professor Lisa Stark, Agape food service supervisor Katina Davis is suggesting menu changes and ingredient substitutions to the center’s meal providers. She is asking them to make the changes beginning Sept. 1.
Agape Executive Director Ann Bachrach said the center has been making incremental progress toward healthier food offerings, such as removing vending machines and offering healthy snacks in its after-school program, for several years. Agape is actively involved in the Milwaukee Childhood Obesity Prevention Project (MCOPP), a program of the United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee.
Agape serves community meals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 52 weeks per year. The center serves about 21,000 meals per year, according to Al Luzi, director of development.