Capuchin Walk for the Hungry raising funds for people struggling with poverty, homelessness

The Capuchin Walk for the Hungry will raise funds for Capuchin Community Services and its mission of caring for those struggling with poverty, homelessness and hunger. The walk, now in its 14th year, takes place at Polish Fest on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6pm at the Henry Maier Festival Park at 200 N. Harbor Drive. Online registration is now open at

Funds support those in need through Capuchin Community Services’ two locations: St. Ben’s Community Meal and House of Peace. Popular sports-talk radio host, Bill “the Big Unit” Michaels will emcee the event from the Sobieski Vodka Main Stage at Polish Fest. Usinger's will donate up to one pound of product per registered walker. Usinger’s has donated over 30,000 pounds of products since inaugural Walk for the Hungry in 2006.

Teams are encouraged. Teams with five or more members will have their team name printed on commemorative Capuchin Walk for the Hungry t-shirts.

“No one in our community should ever have to choose between putting food on the table and paying utility bills. But unfortunately, that is the reality for many in the Milwaukee area,” said Br. Rob Roemer, OFM Cap, ministry director of Capuchin Community Services. “At St. Ben’s Community Meal and the House of Peace, nobody is turned away. The tremendous support of walkers from all across southeast Wisconsin makes possible our work serving people struggling with poverty, homelessness and food insecurity.”

“Polish Fest is happy to be a partner for this fun event,” said Jeff Kuderski, executive director of Polish Fest. “As a participant, you receive free admission all weekend to come explore our festival, where art, heritage and entertainment come together.”

If registered by June 3, the $25 walk ($15 for children) registration fee includes entrance into Polish Fest and free return to Polish Fest all weekend. After June 3, registration fees increase $5. Registrations are accepted up to the day of the event. More information at (414) 374-8841 ext. 55.


Capuchin Community Services, with two locations: St. Ben’s Community Meal and the House of Peace, serves people struggling with homelessness, poverty and food insecurity.

ABOUT HOUSE OF PEACE: House of Peace assists families and individuals in meeting their spiritual, material and emotional needs. House of Peace helps families remain together while promoting self-sufficiency. It provides food, clothing and pastoral care to the poor. In addition, House of Peace is home to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Community Nursing Center and Marquette University Legal Clinic. 

ABOUT ST. BEN’S COMMUNITY MEAL: St. Bens Community Meal has been Milwaukee’s largest regular potluck dinner since 1970. Dozens of organizations (including churches, temples, and mosques) provide hot, homemade dishes six days a week to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Over 2,000 meals are served each week. Additional ministries include Ascension St. Ben’s Clinic that provides prevention-focused health care to those who can’t afford it, as well as St. Benedict the Moor Parish and jail ministry.

Capuchin Community Services is part of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, headquartered in Detroit, and part of the worldwide Roman Catholic order of Friars Minor, Capuchin, following the Rule of St. Francis of Assisi.