The Milk Bank WGL officially organized in 2011 when founder Marissa Groseenbach delivered a premature baby at a local hospital who, like many premature babies, needed supplemental feeding in addition to Marissa’s pumping and breastfeeding. She asked for pasteurized human milk in place of formula and was surprised the hospital did not have access to this life-saving resource. This was her inspiration to start a milk bank, and during the last several years she has gathered a dedicated team from Illinois and Wisconsin to make this dream a reality. Finding this particular facility took more than a year as it was important to find a site that was large enough to fit the needs of this unique business: a food-processing company with emphasis on community outreach, nutrition, lactation education and clinical and laboratory research. The majority of funding for the facility came from charitable contributions, grants and loans.
We spoke to Summer Kelly, the Executive Director of the Milk Bank WGL about this exciting opening.