Second Harvest Foodbank: Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells helps area families facing hunger

CONTACT: Kris Tazelaar, Communications Manager, Second Harvest Foodbank,, 608-216-7206

MADISON, Wis., November 28, 2017 – For the third year in a row, Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells is helping area families struggling to put food on their tables by sponsoring the NBC15 Share Your Holidays to eliminate hunger campaign. The campaign raises meals for families and individuals facing hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties that are served by Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and its local partner agencies.

Through their Bronze level sponsorship the last three years, Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells has provided the equivalent of 45,000 meals, thanks to the fact that Second Harvest can provide three meals with every $1 they receive. In addition to their monetary contribution this year, representatives from Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wisconsin Dells will also be volunteering their time sorting food on December 6 during the Grand Finale of the NBC15 Share Your Holidays campaign at the Alliant Energy Center.

Second Harvest will also be holding a Phone-a-Thon during the Grand Finale to help raise 3.86 million meals for those facing hunger in southwestern Wisconsin. All gifts made by phone at 844-8-HUNGER (toll-free), or online at on December 6 from 6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. will be matched.

“We are grateful to Ho-Chunk Gaming in Wisconsin Dells for their dedication to improving the lives of those who are struggling in our community,” said Dan Stein, President & CEO of Second Harvest Foodbank. “Their sponsorship the last three years is a wonderful example of the positive impact that happens when companies are part of our fight to end hunger.”

“On behalf of the entire team at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells, we are happy to again support Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin,” said Dave Abangan, Public Relations Manager. “The Share Your Holidays campaign is a huge part of our consistent effort to assist families within the counties many of our guests and employees live.”

About NBC15 Share Your Holidays to eliminate hunger

In its 22nd year, NBC15 Share Your Holidays to eliminate hunger is the largest food/fund drive campaign to help families and individuals facing hunger in southwestern Wisconsin, raising over 36 million meals to date. In 2017, the campaign’s goal is to raise 3.86 million meals. The event is supported by many community partners: NBC15, Alliant Energy Center, Alliant Energy Foundation. American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., Associated Bank, Blue Tree Network, BMO Harris Bank, Chase, CDW, Dean Health Plan, Dental Health Associates, Entercom Madison, Findorff, First Business, First Weber Group Foundation, Food Fight Restaurant Group, Functional Biosciences, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells, Humana, HyVee, John Deere Financial, Joseph Henricks Photography, Landmark Services Cooperative, M3 Insurance, Madison Area Credit Unions, Metcalfe’s, Metro Market, National Guardian Life Insurance Co., Naviant,, Old National Bank, pc/nametag, Physicians Plus, Pick n’ Save, Rosen Nissan of Madison, Smith & Gesteland, Summit Credit Union, SVA, TDS, The Little Potato Company, The Oaks Golf Course, Thrivent Financial, Trident Contract Management, Two Men and a Truck, United Healthcare Community Plan, UW Health/Quartz, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods, Wollersheim Winery & Distillery, Woodman’s Markets. For more information on NBC15 Share Your Holidays, visit

About Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin began working with local hunger-relief agencies in 1986. It helps end hunger in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties through food distribution to its partner agencies, promotion of outside food assistance programs like FoodShare, and raising awareness of hunger. As southwestern Wisconsin’s largest hunger-relief charity it meets nearly one million requests for help each year. From July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 Second Harvest, together with its partner agencies and programs, provided 13.9 million meals. It is one of 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. For more information, visit