Update as of April 6, 2021

The Diabetes Wellness Program has been temporarily paused until further notice. Second Harvest is sincerely apologetic to our partners and community members for this inconvenience. It is a priority for Second Harvest to return this program as soon we can. Further updates will be shared with partners and the public once confirmed in the coming months. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Megan Vander Wyst at meganvw@shfbmadison.org or (608)-216-7238.


People with diabetes who are struggling with food insecurity face a tight balancing act between their need to stretch their food budgets and their need to purchase diabetes-appropriate food, which is often more expensive. The Diabetes Wellness Program, a pilot initiative of Second Harvest Foodbank’s HungerCare Coalition, provides food-insecure patients with free diabetes-appropriate food and tailored nutrition education to help them better control their Hemoglobin A1C levels and empower them to take the steps necessary to prevent short- and long-term diabetes complications.

Program Design

The Diabetes Wellness Program is a pilot program in which food insecure people with diabetes will learn to better control their condition through educational workshops, nutrition information, healthy recipes, and boxes of diabetes-appropriate food. Click here for a printable factsheet about the Diabetes Wellness Program.

Participant Requirements

Program Components

  • 1-hour introductory workshop in which participants will learn the basics of diabetes management, receive a copy of the “Living with Diabetes Guidebook” published by the American College of Physicians, and gain a better understanding of what program participation will entail
  • 9 monthly boxes of approximately 30 pounds of diabetes-appropriate food (including vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains), equaling 1-2 weeks’ worth of meals
  • A monthly factsheet on various topics related to managing diabetes through nutrition and 2-3 recipes to use with the food items provided

Program Goals

  1.  To increase participants’ knowledge on how to successfully manage diabetes through proper nutrition.
  2. To increase participants’ intake of diabetes-appropriate foods.
  3. To increase program participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their diabetes beyond the end of the program.

Program Partners

  • Badger Prairie Needs Network, East Madison Community Center, St. Vincent DePaul (DANE County)
  • Living Hope (DODGE County)
  • Upland Hills Health (IOWA County)
  • Edgerton, HealthNet of Rock County, Salvation Army (ROCK County)
  • ADRC of Green County
  • Columbus Hospital (COLUMBIA County)
  • Sauk Prairie Food Pantry (SAUK County)

To learn more or work with Second Harvest to distribute Diabetes Wellness Program food boxes for your patients or clients, email Megan Vander Wyst, or call 608-216-7238.

Second Harvest Foodbank thanks our fiscal year 2020 Diabetes Wellness Program donors: Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin