Give Food


Twelve million pounds of food by 2012—that’s what Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin estimates will be required to meet the needs of families and individuals facing hunger in southwestern Wisconsin.


By giving food to Second Harvest Foodbank, various members of the food industry, including manufacturers, growers, processors, distributors and retailers, ensure fresh and non-perishable foods are continually infused into the emergency food distribution system.


Second Harvest Foodbank accepts perishable fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods, such as produce, dairy, meat and bakery items, as well as non-perishable foods. The Foodbank also accept some grocery products, such as personal care and cleaning products.

Why Give Food to Second Harvest Foodbank?

  • Deduct up to twice the cost of goods per IRS tax code 170(e)(3).
  • Reduce inventory, reselling and disposal costs. Become greener.
  • Preserve brand integrity.
  • Have protection from liability under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.
  • Build community goodwill. Increase your charitable footprint in the communities you serve.
  • Second Harvest Foodbank inspects, sorts and repacks food, as necessary, and adheres to standard food safety practices.
  • Second Harvest Foodbank provides complete product tracking


Without the generosity of our food donors, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin wouldn't be able to meet emergency food assistance demands in southwestern Wisconsin.


Get Involved by Giving Food:

Become a food industry donor:
Contact Danielle Lawson at 608-216-7241.


Drop off a large food donation:
Contact Bruce Yahnke at 608-216-7209.


Drop off a family-size food donation:

    • Stop by Second Harvest Foodbank (2802 Dairy Drive, Madison) from 8 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
    • Check out Second Harvest Foodbank’s Event Calendar for non-perishable food drop-off sites.


Host a food/fund drive.

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