NBC15 Share Your Holidays food donation barrels rolling out

The food donation barrels will be placed in the community for those partaking in a food drive for Second Harvest.
Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:34 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2020 at 5:21 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The NBC15 Share Your Holidays campaign is rolling out its food donation barrels for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. The barrels will be placed in businesses and schools taking part in a food drive.

This year there are only about 60 barrels compared to the 250 that have been placed around the community in previous years. Kris Tazelaar with Second Harvest says because many people are working and learning from home they are opting to host a virtual food drive.

“They’re still wanting to support us. They’re still wanting to support those struggling with hunger,” said Kris Tazelaar. “They’re just wanting to do it in a slightly different way this year.”

Feeding America estimates the financial impact COVID-19 is having on families could mean 1 in 8 people in Southern Wisconsin are facing food insecurity.

“The number of food insecure people in Southwestern Wisconsin is actually going to go up by about 61 percent here in our community,” said Tazelaar. “The reality is that we are doing everything we possibly can to try and meet that need.”

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On Wednesday and Thursday, Two Men and a Truck will safely be delivering barrels around the community. Owner Tim Lightner says his moving company has helped out for the past 13 years.

“We’re really hoping that we can help just create more awareness and get more donations and that sort of thing this year,” said Lightner. “I feel like our part is just a small part to play in this great need that’s here.”

NBC15 is hosting a virtual kick-off for the 25th annual NBC15 Share Your Holidays campaign.

To register or learn more about the virtual happy-hour, click HERE.

To learn more about volunteering or donating to Second Harvest, click HERE.

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