Thank you for visiting our Fight Hunger Spark Change podcast page. This limited podcast series has been generously supported by Walmart and Feeding America. As you will hear, our goal with this podcast series is to help you better understand those who struggle with hunger, and those who are trying to end hunger in our community. A new podcast will be published each week from April 22 thro… 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

Helping The Caregiver

Joann spent her whole professional career caring for others. First as a Certified Nursing Assistant, then as an in-home hospice care provider, and finally as a cook at a nursing home. Ten years ago she was forced to retire due to diabetes-related health complications. According to Joann, “One day I was working, the next day I wasn’t.” But even in retirement caring for oth… Read More

Flood Relief Efforts

Second Harvest is on the front lines of the fight to end hunger. Whether it be the loss of a job/underemployment, an illness, or the rush of millions of gallons of water; Second Harvest is here to provide assistance to those facing hunger in southwestern Wisconsin. Since the devastating rains that have hit our area over the past two weeks, our supporters want to know if we were impacted n… Read More

Support for College Students Experiencing Food Insecurity

For many students today, food insecurity is just a few missed paychecks away. A 2018 study by found that 36% of college students are experiencing hunger and lack stable housing. Add in the fact that tuition rates are going up while financial aid is going down, and it’s obvious that most college students and their families are feeling a very tight financial squeeze. B… Read More

Food Bank vs. Food Pantry

Many people who do not work for a "food bank" or a "food pantry" (and even some who do) often use those terms interchangably. The reality is that for most food banks like Second Harvest there is a big difference between "food bank" and "food pantry". Put simply, one of the many ways we help end hunger is to be a source of food that food pantries use to fill their shelves and serve those s… Read More