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Care Box Challenge: Click here to help those in need during the coronavirus outbreak

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Published: Mar. 18, 2020 at 5:06 PM CDT
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The coronavirus has impacted us all, but there are some people who need support now more than ever.

We also know that many of you are asking how you can help, too. It’s why we’re partnering again with our friends at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and asking for your online donations.

Less than a day after launching, people were already stepping up in a big way. By Monday evening, organizers say $248,000 has been raised. That includes $48,500 in match money from three different donors, including the Alliant Energy Foundation.

For as little as $10, you can help a local family in need. Not only that, the first $25,000 raised will be matched by the Alliant Energy Foundation. Each care box will be filled with healthy, fresh food and non-perishable staples.

“Folks are going to be struggling pretty soon here. We’re trying to adapt to make sure we meet their needs,” Kris Tazelaar, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin spokesperson said.

Second Harvest anticipates it will need to provide 100,000 boxes of food over the next 6-8 weeks to help families impacted by the coronavirus due to the cancellation of schools and closures of many businesses.

"This is so important because people need food. We are already serving a lot of people and we expect to see a lot more with all the changes and people out of work" ,said Michelle Orge, President & CEO of Second Harvest

Volunteers have been working around the clock packing care boxes. One volunteer, Jane Thurow is a college student who says she wanted to help out since she's out of school for the time being. "I was sitting at home thinking of all the families that are less fortunate than I am and I knew I needed to help," said Thurow who along with other volunteers have already packed nearly 400 boxes.

All you need to do to donate is

and select how much you'd like to donate and enter your payment information. That's all there is to it!

“We are built to do this to support a need like this and be nimble enough to support the needs of those facing hunger,” Tazelaar said.

And, we just want to say "Thank You" in advance to everyone who is able to donate to this special cause and show how much our community cares.

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