Pledge to Volunteer

Volunteers power Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. It’s as simple as that. We could not help provide food and resources to the people in our community who face hunger without the help of volunteers. Take an active role in the fight to end hunger in southwestern Wisconsin and join Second Harvest and the Feeding America network by pledging to volunteer. When you give your… Read More

A Record-Breaking 21st Year for NBC15's Share Your Holidays Campaign!

We are so pleased to announce that a record-breaking 3.58 million meals will now go to those struggling with hunger in Southern Wisconsin following the recent holiday season. This past November and December, the 21st annual NBC15 Share Your Holidays campaign to benefit Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin took place. Thanks to the generosity of our incredible community, … Read More

My First Mobile Pantry

The following are reflections from our newest Major Gift Officer, Mary Vertacic, about her first visit to one of our Mobile Pantries... Working at a Mobile Pantry rocked my world. It was a brisk fall morning. Many of the more than 500 participants were already in line at the site when I arrived more than an hour before distribution would begin. Passionate volunteers scurried around me. W… Read More

Food Banks and Teen Hunger

Food banks like us are here to help alleviate hunger in our community and we work hard to help pull citizens out of food insecurity every day. Imagine, however, that you are fifteen years old and - facing hunger yourself - have to feed your siblings, but the stigma of going to a food bank stops you from reaching out to groups like us for help. Instead, you go home, feed your family w… Read More

The Challenges of Rural Hunger

They say if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.  One would assume the old adage applies to farmers in America’s rural communities, but the bitter irony that few are aware of is that these communities are often the hardest hit by hunger and food insecurity. During the 20th century, farming practices have rapidly transformed. Communities that would quite litera… Read More

Dairy Month sheds light on food insecurity in Wisconsin

This story comes from our friends at MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) --- 1 in 5 Wisconsin children comes from a food insecure home. "Food insecurity can be really detrimental to anyone's health, especially kids." said Registered Dietitian Camila Martin with Public Health Madison Dane County. According to the USDA, food security means having access to enough food for an active, hea… Read More


Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin recently nominated Alliant Energy Foundation for a national Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) award. We are pleased to announce that they have been named a finalist for the 2016 National Philanthropy Day® Honors, recognizing extraordinary charitable work by individuals and organizations from across North America. National Phi… Read More

What Is A Food Bank

A food bank, like Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end hunger in the communities we serve. We do this through three primary ways: Food distribution Promotion of government emergency food programs like FoodShare Help "mobilize the public" into taking action to help end hunger Food Distribution Food banks are primar… Read More

New Whitepaper: Physical and Behavioral Effects of Childhood Hunger

"Hunger can affect people in all walks of life, but one group in particular are the most at risk of experiencing a food crisis - children.  In the United States, 15.3 million children live in households that don’t have enough food to eat on a regular basis, and 21% of all American children live at or below the poverty line.  In the counties served by Second Harvest Foodbank… Read More

Honor Alliant Energy Foundation With Your Vote

Recently Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin nominated the Alliant Energy Foundation to be recognized for their philanthropic efforts by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The next step in the nomination process is to hold a public voting campaign to identify the top three nominees. You may vote once per day now through May 13.* Voting is simple: Visit Secon… Read More