Second Harvest and Feeding America Helps Harvey Victims


Hurricane Harvey is currently devastating the Gulf coast. Tens of thousands of people are without food, shelter, and power…and the water in many cases is still rising. They need our help!

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. When disasters like Harvey strike, the Feeding America network is on the ground and ready to deliver food and emergency supplies to help people cope in the aftermath.

By coordinating our relief efforts through a large national organization like Feeding America, we help minimize the chaos that can result from multiple agencies offering to help individually. Instead, we come together with one voice to say, “We are here to help.”


Second Harvest is:

  • Evaluating our current inventory and working with Feeding America to determine if we have any product that is needed in Texas
  • Collecting funds that will be passed along to Feeding America to help pay for transportation costs and purchase needed product that may not get donated in sufficient quantities (e.g. personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies). 100% of the donations collected for Hurricane Harvey relief will be distributed to Feeding America for their affected food bank partners!

Support from Feeding America member food banks includes:

  • 22 truckloads of food, cleaning supplies, water and personal care items are in the process of being shipped from food bank members
  • 15 offers for personnel and staffing/equipment assistance have been received; food banks in Texas are assessing need
  • Conducting ongoing monitoring of the situation on-the-ground
  • Coordinating efforts with other national disaster relief partners including the American Red Cross and FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency)

Feeding America is actively working with national donors, and has already secured the following:

  • Nearly $2 million in financial commitments from generous organizations like Walmart, Kellogg Company, Monsanto, International Paper, BNY Mellon, AbbVie and the Clara Lionel Foundation (Rhianna’s foundation)
  • More than125 truckloads of mixed cereal and snacks
  • 64 truckloads of food and paper products, the equivalent of more than 2 million pounds
  • 9 truckloads of produce
  • 15 truckloads of protein
  • 2 truckloads of pet food
  • 4 truckloads of 50,000 corrugated disaster boxes


We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good because of logistical challenges. Instead, the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.

Please join us as we come together as a nation to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Together we can make a difference in their lives!


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