Brand representatives held press conference to present campaign check, provided local students lunch

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MILWAUKEE (June 15, 2023)Cousins Subs® and the Milwaukee Bucks teamed up to raise $20,150 through their Block Out Hunger campaign during the 2022-2023 season. Last week, team members from Cousins Subs and the Milwaukee Bucks held a press conference at Fiserv Forum to present Hunger Task Force with the campaign check.

The trio also hosted nearly 40 local school children at the Fiserv Forum Atrium for the celebration, including free lunch from Cousins Subs, a gift bag filled with swag items, music from Bucks’ DJ Shauna and games with Bucks’ Hoop Troop members.

Wrapping up its eighth season, the Block Out Hunger campaign pledges that for every block the Bucks tally during the regular season, the Cousins Subs Make It Better Foundation donates $50 to Hunger Task Force to help fight food insecurity across the state. This season, the Bucks completed 403 blocks for a total of $20,150 donated to Hunger Task Force.

“Hunger Task Force is thrilled to partner with Cousins Subs and the Bucks for the past eight seasons. The ‘Block Out Hunger’ campaign is a great partnership and another way to increase awareness about hunger and to help feed families in communities statewide,” said Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force. “The work we do at Hunger Task Force wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community and partners like these. We’re thankful to make a difference together and close another year on a solid note.”

Since its inception in the 2015-16 season, the Block Out Hunger campaign has raised more than $150,000 to support Hunger Task Force and its affiliated pantries across the state of Wisconsin.

“As a Wisconsin-based company founded in Milwaukee, we are proud of the combined efforts of our partners and local communities,” said Justin McCoy, vice president of marketing at Cousins Subs. “In the eighth year of ‘Block Out Hunger,' we are honored to have made an even greater impact to support those experiencing food insecurity across Wisconsin.”

In Wisconsin, nearly one in 11 people struggle with hunger. Campaigns such as Block Out Hunger are key players in the fight against hunger in our local communities. To learn more about the ways Cousins Subs and the Milwaukee Bucks help Block Out Hunger, visit



Established in 2013, the Make It Better Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that aims to improve the general welfare and quality of life in the communities Cousins Subs serves. The foundation is dedicated to funding three areas of interest that are vital to any community: health and wellness, hunger and youth education. Since its inception, the Make It Better Foundation has awarded more than $900,000 in grants and scholarships to students and nonprofit organizations throughout Wisconsin. For more information on the Make It Better Foundation, visit


Hunger Task Force is Milwaukee’s Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin’s anti-hunger leader. The organization provides healthy and nutritious food to hungry children, families and seniors in the community absolutely free of charge. Hunger Task Force was founded in 1974 by a local advocacy group who then formed Milwaukee’s first food bank. Today, Hunger Task Force is 100% supported by the community and provides a safety net of emergency food with dignity to a network of 75 food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Through legislative analysis, education and community organizing, Hunger Task Force continues to advocate for anti-hunger policy at the local, state and federal level. For more information, visit   

About Cousins Subs

Wisconsin-based Cousins Subs®, a family-owned, fast casual sub shop established in 1972 by Bill Specht and his cousin, is driven by the mission to Believe in Better – both in the quality of food it serves and in the communities it supports. Cousins Subs and its franchisees operate nearly 100 sub sandwich shops throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana, providing guests with quality deli fresh and made to order grilled subs using only the freshest ingredients on its signature bread baked daily. For more information, visit You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.