Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin: Recieves $10,000 Bayer Fund grant for Columbia County Mobile Pantry Program

CONTACT: Kris Tazelaar, Communications Manager, Second Harvest Foodbank, 608-216-7206, [email protected]

MADISON, Wisconsin August 1, 2019 – Employees from Bayer-Arlington Research & Development recommended Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin to receive a $10,000 grant from Bayer Fund. Funds from the grant will be used for the Columbia County Mobile Pantry Program, which has two distribution sites in Portage (in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul) and Pardeeville (in partnership with St. Mary’s of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church).

“Nearly 7,000 people every year rely on these two mobile food pantries to help stretch their limited budget,” said Dan Stein, president and CEO of Second Harvest. “We are incredibly grateful for this generous grant that will have a direct, positive impact on the local community.”

Second Harvest Foodbank previously received a Monsanto Fund site grant in 2018 for the same program.

“The staff here at the Bayer Arlington Research & Development are proud to continue supporting the Second Harvest Mobile Pantry Program with this Monsanto Fund grant. There has been a growing number of families in our community in need of healthy meals. These Mobile Pantries provide this in a convenient way for these families,” said Nick Deckard, Operations Lead.

In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $1.4 million through this program to nonprofit organizations in rural communities to help address essential needs in Food & Nutrition, STEM Education, and Community Development. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7 million through this program over the last five years.

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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, 2018 to June 30, 2019 Second Harvest, together with its partner agencies and programs, provided 14.2 million meals. It is one of 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. For more information, visit SecondHarvestMadison.org.

About Bayer Fund

Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.