Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, a member of Feeding America, is dedicated to ending hunger in southwestern Wisconsin through community partnerships. It serves nearly 141,000 people—43% are children—who don’t have enough food to sustain active, healthy lives.
Through food and financial donations and volunteer support, the Foodbank acquires and distributes millions of pounds of food each year to partner food pantries, shelters, meal sites and other hunger-relief programs in 16 counties.
Often, food rescued from retailers needs inspection and family size portioning before it goes to community members facing hunger. You and your children can help by donating your time on Mom & Me Mondays from 4-8 p.m. each Monday. Have fun socializing with other moms and kids (12 and older) while processing food.
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin FAQ
Q: Tell me more about Mom & Me Monday at Second Harvest Foodbank.
A: As Mom & Me Monday participants, you and your child will be volunteering on Second Harvest Foodbank’s Meat & Potatoes evening product recovery shift. You will help inspect, sort, pack and label food, including fresh produce and meat that has been rescued from grocery retailers throughout the Foodbank’s 16-county service area.Your role is critical to food being most quickly processed and available to families and individuals facing hunger.
Q: We can't volunteer during Mom & Me Monday. Are there other evenings Second Harvest Foodbank needs volunteer assistance?
A: Second Harvest Foodbank’s Meat & Potatoes evening product recovery shift operates Monday through Thursday, so if you and your child aren’t able to participate during Mom & Me Monday, the Foodbank can absolutely use your help on other nights. Meat & Potatoes shifts are open to individuals from 4–8 p.m. and groups from 4–7 p.m. Fridays are available upon special request. To help ensure space, contact the Foodbank by 12 p.m. at least one weekday before your desired shift. Second Harvest Foodbank also has a variety of other volunteer positions, with daytime hours, available for groups and individuals. Learn more by visiting the Foodbank’s current volunteer opportunities webpage: www.secondharvestmadison.org/YouCanHelp/GiveTime.aspx
Q: Does Second Harvest Foodbank accept volunteers of all ages?
A: Ending hunger requires all possible helping hands, but some Second Harvest Foodbank volunteer opportunities aren't suited to children and have age requirements. For safety reasons, all Foodbank volunteers, including those participating in Mom & Me Monday, must be age 12 and older. Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 require adult supervision.
If your child is under age 12, here are some ways to get involved in hunger relief:
1. Organize a food/fund drive for the Foodbank. Learn more by visiting the Foodbank’s food/fund drive webpage:
2. Participate in an event that benefits the Foodbank. Learn more by visiting the Foodbank’s events webpage: www.secondharvestmadison.org/Events.aspx
3. Take a Foodbank tour. Call 608-223-9121.
4. Volunteer at a meal site, food pantry or shelter. Call 2-1-1.
Q: How do I sign-up to volunteer at Second Harvest Foodbank?
A: To sign-up for Mom & Me Monday during the Meat & Potatoes evening product recovery shift or another Second Harvest Foodbank volunteer opportunity for groups or individuals, contact Tanya Phillips, Volunteer Services Manager, at email@example.com 608-216-7214. To help ensure space, contact the Foodbank by 12 p.m. at least one weekday before your desired shift.
Q: Why does Second Harvest Foodbank need volunteers?
A: Volunteers power Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin’s mission. The Foodbank saves annually more than $1.3 million in payroll based on a monthly average of more than 5,200 hours of volunteer service. This enables the organization to focus its resources on programs that serve families and individuals struggling with hunger.
Q: Can my child do his/her school’s community service hours at Second Harvest Foodbank?
A: Yes, many students fulfill community service hours at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. If your child is age 12 and older (ages 12-15 require adult supervision), contact the Foodbank to setup a volunteer experience.Let the Foodbank know how many hours your student needs and the times convenient to your family, and within the days of Monday-Friday, it will work to best accommodate your needs. Second Harvest Foodbank can also sign off on paperwork or generate a letter illustrating your student’s completion of community service hours.
Q: What do I wear to volunteer during Mom & Me Monday?
A: Because Mom & Me Monday is part of the Meat & Potatoes evening product recovery shift in Second Harvest Foodbank’s warehouse, make sure you and your child dress in layers and do not wear open-toed shoes.
Q: Where is Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin located?
A: Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is conveniently located at 2802 Dairy Drive on the southeast side of Madison. It’s near the South Stoughton Rd. (Highway 51) exit off Highway 12/18 (Beltline). Plenty of free parking is available.
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