The Inside Scoop: February 2021

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From the President's Desk Vaccine

 As I write this, the first round of coronavirus vaccines is being injected into the arms of those most vulnerable. Seniors, frontline medical staff, and those with underlying conditions are rolling up their sleeves and getting the protection they need. The process will be long, but there is hope that recovery is on the way, and that things will be improving for our communities. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for hunger.

Since the pandemic began, Second Harvest has provided 56% more food than during the same time period in 2019. Rising costs of food, supplies and labor have caused our cost-per-pound of food provided to DOUBLE. Before COVID-19, $10 provided 20 pounds of food. Now, $10 provides 10 pounds of food.

We have work ahead of us, but with your help, it will be work we can accomplish.

Michelle Orge,
President & CEO

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Impact: Full Circle

As one of 16 kids growing up in the Boston area, Mike Dillis understood the difference those working to end hunger can make. Every few weeks he would join his mother as she went to the local convent — the “Second Harvest” in their community — to pick up day-old bread and other food for the family.

Lee Ann, Mike’s wife, saw hunger up close during her time as a nurse and EMT. “Some of the patients struggled to choose between having gas money to come in for an appointment, and putting food on the table,” she says.

Their retirement provided an opportunity to dedicate some of their resources to ending hunger in our community.

In addition to their annual monetary gifts and volunteer time, Mike and Lee Ann have also included Second Harvest in their estate planning. “It’s the ultimate gift,” Mike says. “You’re not going to take it with you, so we wanted to make sure it was going to get put to good use. It’s the paying it forward attitude that’s really driving the estate planning.”

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In addition to their annual monetary gifts and volunteer time, Mike and Lee Ann have also included Second Harvest in their estate planning. “It’s the ultimate gift, you’re not going to take it with you so we wanted to make sure it was going to get put to good use,” said Mike. “It’s the paying it forward attitude that’s really driving the estate planning. The people who helped me in my younger days didn’t know they were helping me specifically, they just knew it was the right thing to do. The impact Second Harvest has in the community, I don’t know that there’s a better dollar-for-dollar investment if you want to fight hunger.” If you would like to speak to someone about setting up a planned gift to Second Harvest, email Chris Ziemba at ChrisZ@shfbmadison.org

Impact: Share Your Holidays

Since 1996, the NBC15 Share Your Holidays campaign has become the area’s largest food & fund drive...because of you!

Before the pandemic even began, we had already set our largest meal goal ever — 5 MILLION MEALS — in honor of the campaign’s 25th anniversary. After nearly a year’s worth of planning during a time of great uncertainty, we are comforted, encouraged, and humbled by the outpouring of generosity and support from our community. Because of you, we raised enough money for 6,343,264 meals! 

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