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Trying New Things at Horizon High School

Katie Sabalones

“Most of us are here because of drugs and mental health,” was the response I got from one student when I asked what brought them to Horizon. Many of the students at this school are teens who have experienced addiction and understand that mental health is critical to recovery and staying sober. At Horizon, they can be in a supported space of learning at their own pace in a small group setting. Various life experiences and creative approaches lead to learning everyday skills.
Through an innovative Second Harvest program, once a week, Second Harvest staff members – Brian and Kylie from Youth and Family Initiatives and Jordyn from Health Programs – go to Horizon to spend time with the Horizon students and help them learn an important life skill – how to cook. One student said,” Most of us already knew how to cut up vegetables, but they show us how to put things together to make it into a meal.”
One of the students I sat with said,”My favorite day was when we made those shrimp tacos, I am not a big fish person, but I loaded mine up with shrimp.” Another student excitedly jumped in, ”My favorite day was when we made burgers and fries from scratch.” Why is this important? Many of the students have a diet consisting of heavily processed and prepackaged foods. The program is getting these kids to try new things and be excited about learning. This experience shows them how to make simple, healthier, and delicious meals. It invites them to explore their own identities through food, teamwork, and creativity.
Admittedly, sometimes there are recipes they don’t love – ”One time we made beet cupcakes, that was SO bad.” To which the rest of the students adamantly agreed. But exploration isn’t always about getting it “just right”, it’s about discovery, creativity, and participation.
When I asked about whether or not they will take these skills with them after high school, they all were quick to respond, “for sure,” “absolutely,” “yes!”

Bob, Teacher at Horizon High School

Horizon has a small team of staff; Bob is one of the main educators of all academic subjects. Many of his students are coming in with difficult backgrounds and high anxiety. Along with our support of the pantry program at the school, our team is helping Horizon with out-of-the-box curriculum solutions. Life Skills is a portion of the day when students are put into situations that allow them to develop knowledge of daily skills, like cooking. Even though Bob focuses largely on academics, he knows it is good for them to just have fun competing for who can make the best pasta from scratch. He laughs about a recent memory when a student who was trying spinach for the first time in their life. With time and the support of enriching programs like ours, he has been able to build trust with his students and has watched them grow emotionally, academically, and socially.

Veterans Day honors the sacrifices of those who have served or who are serving in our armed forces in the United States. This day gives us intentional time to celebrate our veterans, their families, and to remember with gratitude those who gave their lives in the service of our country. It is celebrated on the 11th of November, marking the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. It was declared a national holiday in 1938, and renamed Veterans Day in 1954, in order to be inclusive of veterans of all wars.

The National Veteran’s Day theme for 2022 is honor. The concept of honor in our society is a feeling of high esteem and great respect, acting and living with fairness and integrity. The American flag has long been a symbol of honor for our country. The colors are significant, and each represents something different. Red represents bravery, white purity, and blue perseverance and justice.

For additional details on the flag and its code, click here.

On November 11th, Second Harvest will observe Veteran’s Day. Our staff is encouraged to take this time to reflect and to pay gratitude in some way to members of our armed forces.

For a full history on the day and its intent, click here.

Some local celebrations and activities you may be interested in: 

  • DreamBank presents a conversation with Laura Colbert, award-winning author, and female military member. To register, click here. (Monday, Nov. 7th)
  • The Wisconsin Department of Veteran’s Affairs has its official celebration planned at the Wisconsin State Capitol, click here for details.
  • The Madison Senior Center is holding a celebration, with the Mayor and several Representatives in attendance. View details here.
  • Madison College’s Native American Student Association and Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement present their annual Veteran’s Day event here.
  • Virtual Race benefiting DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust, which supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs that provide direct service to ill, injured, or wounded veterans. This can be completed any time in November! Sign up here.
  • Plan a visit to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum:

If you are a veteran who needs assistance, visit VetsNet to find local resources.

Feed the Need: Metcalfe’s Market Gives Back

We’re excited to announce that for the month of November we’re partnering with Metcalfe’s Market to provide holiday meals to our neighbors facing hunger and give you a discount! Use this coupon to save 5% off your grocery purchases anytime, all month long. And not only will you save – but at the end of the month, Metcalfe’s will donate 5% of all our neighborhood member purchases back to us.

Do you shop at Metcalfe’s Market?? Present this coupon at checkout throughout November to save 5% on groceries, and then Metcalfe’s will donate that 5% to Second Harvest Foodbank. Win-win!

It’s simple! Present this coupon (printed or on your phone) to save 5% on all your purchases in November and Metcalfe’s Market will donate another 5% to Second Harvest Foodbank, up to $1000. You can increase your donation at the register in $5 increments by asking your cashier for a NBC15 Share Your Holidays Scan Card.

Please ‘SHARE’ with friends and family to spread the word.

Join us as we share best practices and tips for recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers. This session was hosted by Cristina Johnson, our Director of Volunteer & Community Engagement, and Maggie Gleason, prior Executive Director at Badger Prairie Needs Network (BPNN).

This session includes methods used by volunteer services professionals, resources for use in your own programs, and an opportunity to engage with your fellow session attendees. Session content will include an introduction to:
– Strategies & resources for volunteer recruitment
– Tips for onboarding new volunteers
– Training considerations specific to food pantries, meal sites, and food distribution programs
– Value of volunteers supervision & stewardship

Monday, October 10, 2022

Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the past, present, and future of Native Peoples throughout the United States. The holiday recognizes the legacy and impact of colonialism on Native communities and also celebrates the cultures, contributions, and resilience of contemporary Native peoples. It is celebrated on the second Monday of October. More and more cities and states are recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a counter-holiday to Columbus Day. Wisconsin first did so in 2019.   

The land where Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is located is the ancestral home of Ho-Chunk Nation, who have called this land Teejob (day-JOPE). 

Hunger impacts every community in the United States, yet Native Americans are more likely to face hunger. Before the pandemic, 1 in 4 Native Americans struggled with hunger — more than twice the rate of white individuals. 

Feeding Wisconsin, the state-wide association of Feeding America food banks, is working with Tribal partners to support programs that increase nutrition security to ensure that all Tribal members have the food that they need and desire, and Tribal food sovereignty by expanding support and capacity of Tribal producers. The Ho-Chunk Nation has partnered with Second Harvest to administer the monthly Tribal Elder Food Box Program, which runs May – December. The average box is 14-16 pounds and contains a combination of protein, produce, and shelf-stable items like white corn, maple syrup, and wild rice. Each box is accompanied by a newsletter containing weekly producer profile spotlights and recipes contributed by Indigenous chefs and home cooks. 

Ho-Chunk Nation has distributed 1,750 boxes to Tribal Elders within 9 communities.  

The September box included the following items from local and Tribal producers: 

Red Cliff Fish -Smoked Whitefish 

Superior Fresh -Frozen Salmon  

WI Pork Association -Ground Pork 

Bodwewadmi Ktegan -Aquaponic Lettuce 

Cattail Organics -Carrots  

We Grow LLC. – Mixed Herbs 

Sterling Farms -Paroli Potatoes 

Bushel and a Peck Apple-Apples  

Seasonal Harvest -Garlic Bulbs 

Red Door Family Farm -Onions 

Naturally Wild-Wild Rice 

On Monday, October 10, Second Harvest will observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day. We encourage staff to use this day to observe, reflect, and learn more about Indigenous People.  

For ideas on how you can observe and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, click here 

Social media accounts to follow: 

Some local celebrations you may be interested in are:  

Additional Resources: 

Sites to learn what indigenous land you live on: 

Websites Connecting to our work in food/nutrition security: 

Agency Partner & Programs Learning & Education Sessions

Join us for a how-to session on successfully finding, applying, and reporting for grant funding. This session is hosted by Kate Hephner, Grants Specialist.

We’ll also include an overview and details about:

  • Staying organized
  • Best practices for grant writing and reporting

Follow along with the slide deck.

Second Harvest Foodbank is committed to creating a volunteer community where everyone feels safe and welcomed. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on age, race, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to cultivating an anti-racist environment for volunteers, staff, and community members. 

What is racism? Racism equals race-based prejudice plus power for example economic or social power. It can be conscious or unconscious and occurs at the individual, institutional and structural levels. (Interpersonal racism: Prejudgment, bias, or discrimination by a White individual toward a person of color.) 

What is discrimination? Unequal treatment of members of various groups, based on conscious or unconscious prejudice, which favors one group over others on differences of race gender, economic class, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, language, age, national identity, religion, and other categories.  

Anti-racist practices in the volunteer department: 

  1. We welcome everyone and celebrate identity and difference. We practice affirming language. 
  2. We commit regular time to reflect on our actions, practices, and structures. We are intentional about professional learning opportunities to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion both individually and departmentally. 
  3. We focus on the impact of our words and actions, not intent. We believe our BIPOC volunteers, staff, and community members when they say something is racist, and we work to repair harm.
  4. We call out racism when we see it.

The application period for the Second Harvest Foodbank DATCP Equipment Capacity-Building Grant is now closed. We will inform applicants of the status of their application once the review process is complete on July 13th, 2022. If you are interested in hearing about future Second Harvest grant opportunities, please email with ‘I’m interested in grant emails’ and we will add you to our email list.

Second Harvest Foodbank now has a $150,000 Equipment Capacity Building Grant available to our Partner Agencies. The goal of the grant is to provide investment in the equipment and infrastructure needs of our partner agencies to help expand their capacity for storage, distribution, and other eligible DATCP expenses related to their work to end hunger in Wisconsin. These funds are from the DATCP 2022 Food Security Initiative funds that Second Harvest received through Feeding Wisconsin. This funding opportunity is one of the ways that Second Harvest is committed to our mission of ending hunger and advancing toward our strategic goals of food equity and nutrition security.

The total grant funds available is $150,000. The minimum award for this grant is $2,500 with a maximum of $15,000.

Funds will be available in mid-July 2022. Funds must be spent, corresponding paid invoices, and canceled checks submitted to Second Harvest by November 7, 2022. This is a one-time funding distribution. Award amounts vary according to the strength of the application focusing on how it will expand capacity, the related actions that will result in increased nutrition security, and the intended impact on their program’s effectiveness in their work to end hunger in Wisconsin. An application for funding doesn’t guarantee an award.

The deadline to apply for the grant is June 20, 2022. At that time, the process for reviewing applications by the Grant Selection Committee will begin. Any grant applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Announcements for grant applications receiving Funding will occur on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. If your grant application is selected for funding, you will receive the funds from Second Harvest via a check sent through the USPS, with which to make your purchase/repair.

See application materials for eligibility & reporting requirements. For questions regarding eligibility requirements or anything listed in the FAQ section, please contact:

Below you will find the following grant materials.

Note: All PDFs are for your reference purposes only. To complete the application for this grant, please fill out the Online Application Form.

  1. FAQs
  2. Second Harvest Procurement Policy
  3. Equipment Capacity Building Grant Rubric
  4. Equipment Capacity Building Grant Instructions and Application (PDF, for reference of questions only)
  5. Cover Page (PDF, for reference purposes only)
  6. Online Application Form

For questions regarding eligibility requirements or anything listed in the FAQ section, please contact:  

Agency Partner & Programs Learning & Education Sessions

Join us for important information to promote food safety and protect the people you support as well as guidelines on food dates, best-by dates, and extension practices. This session is hosted by Ian Steele, Food Resourcing Manager, Steve Rodriguez, Inventory Manager, and Scott Lyon, Quality Assurance Manager.

We’ll also include an overview and details about:

  • The Second Harvest Team behind Quality Assurance
  • Food resourcing 101
  • Receiving and inventory best practices
  • Quality assurance and food date guidelines

Follow along with the slide deck.