Did you know that one hour of your time can help thousands of hungry people in need of food? Or that just one dollar (four quarters or 100 pennies) can produce three meals for hungry families in southern Wisconsin? Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, southwestern Wisconsin’s largest hunger relief organization, does just that! The non-profit organization is committed to ending hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties, serving nearly 141,000 people each year; 43% of whom are children.
Faculty and staff from Globe University-Madison West took it upon themselves to spread the “We Care” mission outside the campus walls and into the Madison community. They sorted potatoes that were donated from a local farm into five pound bags so they could be easily distributed at the food pantries and shelters. For the four hours they volunteered, they were able to package 3,400 pounds worth of potatoes that could be shipped off to the various locations. What an accomplishment!
Some of our volunteered shared their thoughts on the experience:
“Volunteering at Second Harvest was a great way to provide service and show that ‘We Care’ not only for our students but for our community as well. It was also fun to work with my coworkers in a setting outside of work.” -Alex Hall, academic and online coordinator
“Our staff is amazing to work with. It is always nice when we get to work side by side off campus. We take our ‘We Care’ mission everywhere we go with joyful hearts and giving hands. It was a great day!” -Laurie Anne Caamal, admissions representative
“It was wonderful to see so many institutions come together to make a difference in our community. Starting from the farmers who donated the potatoes, the Globe Team helping to package them, and Second Harvest helping ship them to an organization in need, it showed that all these groups share Globe’s Mission of ‘We Care’ It takes a network of people to make a positive impact; and the Globe family is happy to be a part of it.” -Brennan Porter, administrative assistant
Interested in volunteering or learning more on how to end hunger in Wisconsin? Contact Pam Higham, volunteer services coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin website.