Volunteer Ideas for Spring Break


Spring break is around the corner for many students, and a time where parents and guardians are scratching their head for safe and fun things to keep them busy.

Seeking ideas to keep kids from saying "I'm so bored!"? Consider connecting them to a volunteer opportunity with Second Harvest Foodbank! 

Volunteering with us is a great way to keep young folks engaged during their spring break, and can help them learn more about hunger in their community. For example, 55,000 kids experience hunger and food insecurity in southwestern Wisconsin, and often rely on school lunch for their meals. Through our services, your child can help feed another child in the community! There are several ways to get involved for kids of all ages. 

Volunteer at the Food Bank

For individuals located in the Madison area, we invite you to join one of the volunteer shifts we have during the week. During these shifts, volunteers get a hands-on experience sorting and packing food. You also get a firsthand look at our warehouse, which fuels our mobile food pantry program and community partner distribution centers.

Please note that for this opportunity, volunteers must be at least 12 years of age, and under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer (parents, this is a great activity to do with your kids!).

Organize a Food DriveFood drive youth participant

Unable to make it to our facility? No worries! Setting up a neighborhood food drive is fun and gets the kids outside. 

Kids can visit friends, neighbors, and family members to pick up extra items in their pantry. Or, they can make a list of our most-needed items and share at the beginning of spring break — throughout the week, they pick up items and watch the collection grow! 

Make a competition of it between friends and see how many food items they can collect! 

Collect Donations

For busy parents and kids alike, collecting funds doesn't require carrying and delivering the food — plus every $1 equals 3 meals when a direct donation is made! It's one of the easiest ways to volunteer with us, and it makes one of the biggest impacts! 

Have kids set a goal, and arrange a special treat when that goal is reached! You can also set up a virtual drive to reach friends and family members living far away. 

Read more about the impact Second Harvest has in southwestern Wisconsin, and talk to your child about their spring break volunteering! Get creative — we're excited to see what your child accomplishes! 


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