Giving Back

Giving Back

Each year, the Midwest Foodservice Expo and Restaurant Marketing Symposium finds ways to give back to the community, whether through food donations, scholarship awards, industry education and more.

Food Donations

At the close of the trade show on March 13, many MFE exhibitors will donate surplus perishables, canned goods, refrigerated items and serving supplies to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. These donations are redistributed to relieve hunger in the Milwaukee and Fox Valley areas.

Join us in thanking our exhibitors for joining the fight against hunger. We appreciate the support for the local community by providing food to people struggling with hunger.


Supporting Youth

The ProStart Program and ProStart Invitational held at the Midwest Foodservice Expo prepare students with industry skills and career experience. Winners of the competition receive thousands of dollars in scholarships to culinary schools around the country.

Many foodservice and hospitality management professionals from around Wisconsin volunteer countless hours to support participating students in their goals. We thank the many people and organizations that work to support bright, young talent and help them find their life path in this great industry.

Industry Education

Educational programs at the Midwest Foodservice Expo and Restaurant Marketing Symposium are offered to help support the industry in reaching professional goals and improve their business operations. These programs would not be possible without the generosity of foodservice establishments, suppliers and individuals that support the Wisconsin Restaurant Association Education Foundation

The Charitable Auction on the MFE show floor supports student programs and scholarships distributed by the WRA Education Foundation. Peruse the hotel stays, vacation packages, food and beverage items, sports memorabilia and more to support a great cause - the future of foodservice.