MILWAUKEE (August 18, 2020) – Cousins Subs® and the Milwaukee Bucks teamed up to raise $21,450 through their Block Out Hunger campaign during the 2019-20 season. The campaign calls for a $50 donation from Cousins Subs to Hunger Task Force for every blocked shot the Milwaukee Bucks tally during the regular season. As a result of the Bucks blocking 429 shots, which is the third-most in the NBA, Cousins Subs will donate $21,450 to Hunger Task Force to purchase nutritious milk for the nearly 50,000 Wisconsin families it serves.
“Through our Make It Better Foundation, we provide financial support to address the vital community need of hunger,” said Justin McCoy, Vice President of Marketing at Cousins Subs and Vice President of the Make It Better Foundation. “Hunger affects so many of our communities and we’re grateful for the best teammates – the Milwaukee Bucks and Hunger Task Force – who work alongside us to improve the health and vitality of our communities across the state.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Cousins Subs to make another donation to Hunger Task Force to help fight hunger in Wisconsin,” said Matt Pazaras, Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. “The Bucks put a real focus on making a positive impact in the community and teaming up with great partners such as Cousins Subs and Hunger Task Force through the Block Out Hunger campaign allows us to do that. Anytime our strong defensive play on the court can help the community, it’s a win-win.”
Since the campaign tipped off in 2016, Cousins Subs and the Milwaukee Bucks have raised $97,514 for Hunger Task Force. Cousins Subs and the Milwaukee Bucks named Hunger Task Force as the beneficiary of the Block Out Hunger campaign because it’s Milwaukee’s only Free & Local food bank, is Wisconsin’s leading anti-hunger organization and has a strong network of partner pantries across the state.
“A huge shout-out to Cousins Subs and the Milwaukee Bucks for continuing to help feed families in our community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when many are experiencing increased uncertainty,” said Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director of Hunger Task Force. “The Block Out Hunger campaign continues to deliver in a big way. Thank you, Cousins Subs!”
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 cousinssubs.com/blockouthunger.
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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 in 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 www.cousinssubs.com. You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT THE MAKE IT BETTER FOUNDATION
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 $512,000 in grants to more than 107 nonprofits in Wisconsin. For more information on the Make It Better Foundation, visit www.cousinssubs.com/foundation.
ABOUT THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS
Founded in 1968, the Milwaukee Bucks are one of 30 teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), competing in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division. In the 51 seasons since their inception, the Bucks have won an NBA Championship, two conference championships, 15 division titles and have made the playoffs in 32 of their 52 seasons. Under the ownership of Marc Lasry, Wes Edens, Jamie Dinan and Mike Fascitelli, who took control of the team in 2014, the Milwaukee Bucks organization has become a full-fledged sports and entertainment company, with its world-class home arena, Fiserv Forum, the surrounding 30-acre Deer District neighborhood, the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League and Bucks Gaming of the NBA 2K League.
ABOUT HUNGER TASK FORCE
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 HungerTaskForce.org.