Jan. 10, 2013
MADISON, Wis. - Several members of the UW women's hockey team helped package up food for the less fortunate on January 8. The Badgers toured Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and learned about the organization after spending time volunteering by bagging chocolate covered pretzels.
Dan Stein, President/CEO of Second Harvest credits a strong relationship for their success stating, "To end hunger really requires community partnerships and there's no greater example than the partnership between the University of Wisconsin Athletics and Second Harvest with the real winners being those who struggle with hunger."
It was a great experience for the athletes, as well. Tuesday's volunteer group prepared 2,215 pounds of food (= 1,846 meals) and collectively had 26 hours of service.
"It's a really good experience working for a community that supports us so much and it's really nice to give back," said junior Ilana Friedman.
Freshman Molly Doner supported this stating, "I'm grateful for the opportunity to give back."
The Badgers have invited their fans to continue their fight to "Ice Hunger" by requested food donations at four events this year. The next opportunity to bring a food item to a game is January 12. Other events are January 27, and February 16. Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to benefit Second Harvest, and will receive a women's hockey collectible for their efforts.
Second Harvest Foodbank is the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization. The Southern Wisconsin branch serves nearly 141,000 people annually, including 43 percent who are children.