Nonprofits helping nonprofits: Agrace donates $51,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank

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MADISON, Wis. – When the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way Agrace’s employees could care for the members of our community, staff sought a means to give back to those most severely affected. They chose to rally around another local nonprofit that is working to provide crucial relief: Second Harvest Foodbank. 

Agrace matched the donations that poured in from the health care agency’s staff, including nurses, social workers, nursing assistants, kitchen and administrative team members. The result is a $51,000 check presented to Second Harvest on Friday, January 22. 

“Seeing the devastating impact of the pandemic on the food security and other social determinants of health of people in our southern Wisconsin communities, we couldn’t stand by—we had to help,” said Lynne Sexten, Agrace president and CEO. 

Agrace is a nonprofit health care organization that provides personal care, supportive care, hospice care and grief support to people who are aging, ill or dying in southern Wisconsin. Most of the agency’s services are provided in people’s homes.

“Our nurses and caregivers visit homes in both urban and rural communities, and they see first-hand that the impact of hunger is more devastating now than ever,” Sexten said. “We want the best for the communities we serve, and we hope that by donating funds and volunteer hours, we will help Second Harvest achieve their essential mission.” 

To help meet an increase in demand for food assistance during the pandemic, Second Harvest distributed 56 percent more food from March 15, 2020 through December 31, 2020 than the same timeframe in 2019. One crucial component of their ability to meet the needs of those facing hunger is by relying heavily on volunteers. That’s why Agrace is also giving each employee up to four hours of time to volunteer at Second Harvest through the end of January. Teams of Agrace employees are staffing shifts at Second Harvest’s three Dane County locations.

“We are incredibly grateful for this generous gift from both the employees of Agrace and the matching funds from the organization. Any gift we receive is meaningful to us and those we serve, but the fact that this gift came from a fellow nonprofit that we respect so much for the important work they do in the community makes it mean even more,” said Michelle Orge, president and CEO of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. “The generosity of Agrace staff and the organization is so humbling.”

For more information about Agrace, call (608) 276-4660 or visit agrace.org

Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-supported health care organization dedicated to providing high-quality care and support to people who are aging, ill, dying or grieving. With offices in Madison, Janesville, Baraboo and Platteville, Agrace serves nearly 1,500 patients and clients across southern Wisconsin every day.  
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin began working with local hunger-relief agencies in 1986. It helps end hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties through food distribution to its partner agencies, promotion of outside food assistance programs like FoodShare, and raising awareness of hunger. As Southwestern Wisconsin’s largest hunger-relief charity it meets nearly one million requests for help each year. From July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 Second Harvest, together with its partner agencies and programs, provided 15.2 million meals.  It is one of 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. For more information, visit SecondHarvestMadison.org.
 
 
 

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