Health & Wellness Programs

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin is committed to supporting individual health and encouraging wellness in the community through access to nutritious food options, educational opportunities, and healthcare connections.

Nutrition Security: We work to provide equitable access to nutrient-dense and culturally-meaningful food options for individuals to make the best personal choices for themselves and their families. Through intentional procurement and distribution of these foods, we are focused on honoring individual choice and cultural preferences regarding food selection, while encouraging our neighbors to feel inspired to choose the nutritious foods available to them.

Nutrition Education: Second Harvest aims to provide tools, resources, and opportunities for our neighbors to learn about nutrition and develop skills in cooking, food budgeting, and food safety. 

HungerCare Health Partnerships

HungerCare partnerships are collaborations between Second Harvest Food Bank and healthcare organizations to identify the signs of food insecurity and to create unique and effective interventions to connect their patients to nutrition resources. 

  1. Screen and Intervene:  Provides support to integrate a food insecurity screening (needs to be updated!) into clinical workflows and provides education to staff on relevant food assistance resources or direct referrals for food-insecure patients.

  2. Food Distribution: Clinic-based food distributions such as on-site pantries, pre-packaged emergency food boxes, or pop-up drive-through distributions. These models can be customized to fit specific patient population needs.  

  3. HungerCare Wellness Program:  Second Harvest program that provides nutritionally tailored food boxes and nutrition education to individuals living with diabetes or chronic heart conditions.

Interested in learning more about these initiatives?

Jordyn Crane
Health Programs Coordinator