Hunger Action Month 2022

September is Hunger Action Month

Over 125,000 people are struggling with food insecurity in our southwestern Wisconsin community. And with inflation and the cost of living going up, it is increasingly difficult to decide if the money should be spent on rent, bills, medication, or food. With our 300 partners and programs throughout 16 counties, we can support access to food and food resources and help make ends meet.

Everyone has a role to play in ending hunger. This September, we ask you to advocate, educate, donate, and volunteer. To stay up-to-date on all the events happening this month, download our 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar.

Get inspired, take action, and help our neighbors have enough nutritious food to thrive.

Go Orange Day

Thursday, September 8
Help spread awareness about hunger in our community. Gear up in orange, take a photo or video, and post using #GoOrange22. NBC15 will share our favorite photos, reels, and posts!

Hunger Action Day

Saturday, September 17
We can’t do this work without the support of volunteers. Use this day to sign up for any upcoming volunteer shift and bring your friends too!

105.5 Request-A-Thon

Thursday, September 22
Call us at 844-8-Hunger this day and donate to request your song! Jonathan and Kitty will be playing your songs from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm.


Vote on Tuesday, November 2
Your voice matters, and can make a big difference in addressing the root causes of hunger. Learn more.

Healthy food belongs to us all

As a food bank, Second Harvest is a network leader that finds strength by participating, hope by listening, and connection by sharing with our community.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Is money tight? Find food to help make ends meet.


Find Food Near You Map

Mobile Pantry Schedule

School Food Pantries
Check your school's facebook page or call the office.


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What's in the distribution center this week?
Bing Cherries! Ba-da-bing these cherries are king <3

We can't wait for the community to get their hands on these healthy sweet treats!

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Is money tight? Find food to help make ends meet.

Find Food Near You

Mobile Pantry Schedule

School Food Pantries
Check your school's facebook page or call the office.


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Thank you, @danecountyfair for having us today and supporting our Adopt-A-Dairy Cow campaign which provides our southwestern Wisconsin community with milk and other dairy items.

From open – 3:00 pm today, $1 of every entry has been donated to our Adopt-A-Dairy Cow campaign.

Thank you too to our incredible volunteers who dedicate time this weekend!

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We partner with schools all year long to provide food access to families and communities.

Learn more about our youth and family initiatives at

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Thank you to the @newglarusbrewing for their generous $20,000 contribution to the work of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Our staff visited the facility recently and enjoyed a tour by the New Glarus Brewery team. Their partnership allows us to support so many families in our communities.

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Is money tight? Find food to help make ends meet.

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Find Food Near You

Mobile Pantry Schedule

School Food Pantries
Check your school's facebook page or call the office.


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@allcitydive2022 meets are happening now! This is the 14th year of partnership between the All City Swim and Dive meet and Second Harvest. Good luck to all the swimmers and divers!

2022 Dive Meet
July 25 – July 26, 2022
Goodman Pool

2022 Swim Meet
July 28 – July 30, 2022
Ridgewood Pool

Dive in and just keep swimming!

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Each week we put up a question for our community to answer as they volunteer, come to work, or visit our distribution center.

What have you learned?

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Employer matches make your donation go further.
Not sure if your employer matches donations?
Check out the new tool on our website to find out! (link in bio: Employer Matching)

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Did you know you could earn a FREE BIKE through volunteering?

As a volunteer for Second Harvest, you are part of a community supporting neighbors who are facing hunger in Wisconsin. But did you know that this service could also earn you a free bicycle?

@wheelsforwinners provides individuals an opportunity to earn bicycles while becoming responsible and active members of the community. This Madison non-profit aims to recycle used bicycles back into the community in a way that promotes positive community values. Anyone who volunteers in our community is eligible for a free bike from Wheels for Winners.

You can earn a bike for yourself, or for someone else! Wheels for Winners has nice refurbished bikes of all styles and sizes. Acquiring your bike is easy. Just complete the simple one page bicycle application that you can download from Wheels for Winners website at / (link in bio)

Fill out the form and then stop by the Wheels for Winners shop at 229 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Madison and pick out a bike. The shop hours are shown on the website. You’ll also get a free bike helmet and bike lock. Soon, you or someone you care about will be riding a bike to school, work, or even to Second Harvest for your next volunteer shift.

Read more about the mission of Wheels For Winners here:

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Drive-through food distributions are available this summer at the following Madison-area schools.

Hawthorne Elementary School
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month

Henderson Elementary School
July 14, August 11, and September 1

Lake View Elementary School
July 18, August 1, August 15, and August 29

Mendota Community School
July 14 and August 18

#MadisonSchools #MMSD

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Is money tight? Find food to help make ends meet.

Find Food Near You – Our NEW interactive map allows you to find pantry partners close to you! Hours per location vary, so please give them a call or visit their website to find the most current hours and days of operation.

Mobile Pantry Schedule – Mobiles offer you the opportunity of drive-up pickup. All mobiles include a variety of items for a well-rounded diet including; produce, dairy, grains, and protein. Due to extreme weather, our mobile schedule is subject to change, please check back regularly to ensure the mobile in your area is still happening – (link in bio) :

School Food Pantries – Many schools have food pantries, check your school's facebook page or call the office to see if they are offering a pantry program this summer.

FoodShare – The QUEST Card is a debit-like card that is loaded with your FoodShare benefit every month. It can be used at most grocery stores and many Farmers' Markets. The QUEST Card can even be used to participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program or to pay for Meals on Wheels!
Connect with your area rep to apply:

211 connects you with thousands of nonprofit and government services in your area: or dial 211

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Help others in the community and have a little fun on Farm Fresh Day on Saturday, July 23. The @danecountyfair is partnering with Second Harvest Foodbank to support our Adopt a Dairy Cow program. Arrive before 3 p.m., and $1 of every cash admission at the gates will go to the Adopt a Dairy Cow program.

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The vision of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is that everyone has enough nutritious food to thrive. To make this a reality, we believe that equitable access to resources, healthcare, and community support is critical.

In a statement from Feeding America: "There is compelling data that supports our belief that the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will have deep implications for hundreds of thousands of women and pregnant people—particularly people of color and people with low income—as well as children and families. The data clearly demonstrates these individuals and families will be significantly more likely to remain in poverty or fall below the poverty line." We encourage you to read Feeding America’s full statement by clicking the following link: (link in bio)

We believe that the best way to end hunger is to work towards eliminating the root causes of hunger, not exacerbate them. And, we support efforts to increase the resources of those facing hunger, not stretch already limited resources to their breaking point.

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