Food Rescue Program

Food Rescue ProgramSecond Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin’s Food Rescue Program recovers a variety of nutritious foods from retail grocery businesses throughout our southwestern Wisconsin 16-county service area. Each week, the Food Rescue Program collects shelf stable items and perishable foods such as fresh produce, dairy, meat, bakery and frozen products. After inspection, the food is distributed to Second Harvest Foodbank’s agency partners to provide for free to families and individuals facing hunger.


Between July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013, Second Harvest Foodbank’s Food Rescue Program acquired 3.2 million pounds of food. And over the past few years, the amount and types of rescued foods have expanded with the addition of more retailers. Fresh produce has tripled, and for serving a state with a short growing season, this recovery is invaluable.


The 2009 addition of 15 Walmart Supercenters broadened the selection of recovered foods beyond bakery products, and this partnership alone brought in a major portion of the program’s fiscal year 2012 total poundage. A partnership with Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. and their southwestern Wisconsin Copps and Pick ’n Save stores significantly increased the amount of protein available to our agency partners. This is excellent news as protein is a critical source of nutrition, yet protein products only comprise about 13 percent of our inventory.


52 retailers participate in Second Harvest Foodbank’s Food Rescue Program, including Costco, Festival Foods, Hy-Vee, Metcalfe’s Market, Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart Supercenters, Whole Foods Market and Kwik Trip stores throughout our 16-county service area.


Learn how to make a food donation and support Second Harvest Foodbank’s Food Rescue Program.


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