How the Milwaukee Public Market Is Avoiding Food Waste During Full Closure

Vendors at the Milwaukee Public Market will be donating existing food.

The Milwaukee Public Market is a place where people gather, and people shouldn’t be gathering right now, so it has to close. 

In response to guidelines from the state, the market is enforcing a full closure, including carryout and to-go orders.

Like many restaurants in Milwaukee who face indefinite closures, vendors at the public market are exploring alternatives such as curbside pickup and delivery services. Announcements about this should be coming in the next few days. 

“This is obviously the most challenging time the public market and much of the greater Milwaukee community has ever faced,” Milwaukee Public Market executive director Paul Schwartz said in a news release. “But I have never seen such comradery, support and encouragement among our management team and the vendors.”

But inside the public market there is a lot of food – food that could go to waste. So vendors are making plans to donate existing food and other products to their employees, as well as first responder groups and food pantries. 

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Allison Garcia is the Digital Editor for Milwaukee Magazine.