FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:     Kris Tazelaar, Communications Manager, Second Harvest Foodbank, 608-216-7206, MADISON, Wis., September 18, 2019 – Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin announced today it has received a $3,000 grant from The Stateline Community Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program to fund the Merrill E… Read More

Second Harvest Receives Bayer Fund Grant to Support Mobile Pantry Program

  MADISON, Wisconsin August 1, 2019 – Employees from Bayer-Arlington Research & Development recommended Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin to receive a $10,000 grant from Bayer Fund. Funds from the grant will be used for the Columbia County Mobile Pantry Program, which has two distribution sites in Portage (in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul) and Pardeeville… Read More


MADISON, Wis., July 25, 2019 – Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin announced today it has received a generous $5,000 contribution from American Transmission Co. to help supply food to those in need through our Highland and Platteville mobile pantry, and the school pantry located in Beloit's Merrill Elementary School. Funds will be used to: Cover five months of the cost … Read More

Second Harvest Announces Selection of New CEO

MADISON, Wis., June 21, 2019 – After an extensive nationwide search, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin announced today that Michelle Orge has been named as the new president & CEO of the organization. Orge takes over for Dan Stein who is retiring at the end of the year after 11 years at the helm of one of the area’s largest and most recognized nonprofit organiza… Read More


Thank you for visiting our podcast page. Here you will find interviews with employees, partners, and clients of Second Harvest describe how they either help solve hunger, or how they cope with struggling with hunger. Our goal with our podcasts is to help you better understand those who struggle with hunger, and those who are trying to end hunger in our community. PODCASTS Our latest podc… Read More

Second Harvest Foodbank CEO to Retire at End of Year

MADISON, Wis., February 15, 2019 – Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, southwestern Wisconsin’s largest hunger-relief organization, announced today that after leading the organization for more than 10 years, president and CEO, Dan Stein is retiring at the end of the year. In addition to performing the duties required by his current role, Stein will use his remaining … Read More

Second Harvest Closed During Record Frigid Stretch

UPDATE (1/30/19, 12:33 PM): The rideshare company Lyft is offerering free rides to warming shelters in multiple cities including Madison. For more information check out their blog post. Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin will be closed on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday January 31 due to inclement weather. With wind chills expected to be near -60° our fleet of trucks wil… Read More

Impact of the Government Shutdown

The shutdown of the federal government has had an impact on the number of people facing hunger in the 16-county service territory served by Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Individuals impacted fall within two groups, those whose livelihood depends on paychecks or payments received from the federal government, and those who rely on food assistance programs funded by the feder… Read More

Second Harvest Receives $320,000 Gift From CUNA Mutual Group Foundation

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin announced today that they received a $320,000 grant from CUNA Mutual Group Foundation to support its Mobile Pantry and Kids Cafe programs.  “Our Mobile Pantry and Kids Cafe programs are vital components of our effort to end hunger in the communities we serve,” said Dan Stein, president and CEO of Second Harvest. “The con… Read More

Tools For Future Charitable Gifts

New tax laws are giving rise to creative ways to support charitable organizations you care about like Second Harvest. As the year winds down, here are a couple of attractive options available to consider while planning your contributions in the new tax environment. Use or establish a Donor Advised Fund Consider a large contribution in one tax year to establish or add to a donor advised f… Read More