Host a Drive

Host A Drive

By hosting a virtual or traditional Fund & Food drive, you not only help get more food into the homes of our community members but also raise awareness about local hunger. Raising funds and donating food to Second Harvest Foodbank advances our mission of ending hunger in southwestern Wisconsin through community partnerships. We’re grateful for the support of businesses, schools, congregations, organizations, and individuals that host Fund & Food drives.

Learn more below about the power of raising funds and food for Second Harvest Foodbank and get started today!

Virtual Food Drive

Raise funds for Second Harvest entirely online, without the extra effort traditional food drives require. Virtual food drives allow us to serve more people, more efficiently. Each $10 donation can provide up to 25 meals for those struggling with hunger.

Start your virtual food drive today!

Benefits of hosting a virtual food drive:

  • We can feed more people. A $10 donation to a Virtual Food Drive provides up to 25 meals.
  • Just like a traditional food drive, but less work!
  • Honor a loved one, celebrate a milestone in your life or bring a group together for a good cause.
  • Funds raised help to provide fresh, nutritious foods like produce, dairy, and protein.
  • Set up your team and challenge your family, friends, and colleagues to donate.
  • Track your progress, set goals, and manage your virtual giving page.
  • Transactions are completed within minutes.
  • Easily share your progress through social media or email.

Get started with our Virtual Food Drive Coordinator’s Guide.

Traditional Fund and Food Drive

Want to go the traditional route and collect cash, checks, and food donations in person? You can do that too!

Second Harvest meets nearly one million requests per year. Hosting a food drive is a wonderful, tangible way to give back to the community, but we’d like to emphasize that your monetary contribution will go much further in ending hunger. While we prefer you supported Second Harvest through a Virtual Food Drive, you are welcome to host a traditional food drive.

Get started with our Fund & Food Drive Coordinator’s Guide.


Additional Resources

Due to the high demand for NBC15 Share Your Holidays barrels, we have committed our supply of campaign barrels for this year. But, don’t let that stop you from holding a fund & food drive to support the campaign!

If you really want to collect food for the campaign, get creative with a receptacle you can use from your home or office. Large boxes, children’s wagons, or put out a bunch of empty paper grocery bags in your lunchroom and challenge your staff to fill them with non-perishable food. Anything that can hold food will make a difference in our community!

If collecting food isn’t as important to you, you can also support the campaign by doing a virtual food drive where you ask your friends and family to make an online donation to the campaign. The reality is that you can make a bigger impact by giving $20 to Second Harvest than by using that same $20 to buy food from a local grocer and donating it. Visit SecondHarvestMadison.org/SYHVirtual to sign up for your virtual food drive.

Let us know you’re hosting a drive and we can send you marketing materials!

Anna Spiekerman

Anna Spiekerman, Donor Relations Officer – Campaigns & Events
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608-216-7205 annas@shfbmadison.org