Sustainable Business Network Member Highlight: Second Harvest Foodbank’s Multipronged Approach
Posted: 11:50AM February 22nd, 2016 | Comments
Just as Second Harvest Foodbank has a multipronged approach to ending hunger that includes food distribution, increasing participation in public and private food programs, and mobilizing the public, we too have a multipronged approach related to sustainability. This includes helping pollinators, who are critical to food production, reducing energy use and costs at the foodbank, and providing local food to those struggling with hunger.
In 2015 Second Harvest staff installed a Pollinator Garden. This not only serves as habitat for pollinators but as a tool to educate staff, volunteers and partners about the importance of pollinators to our mission of ending hunger.
Second Harvest replaced the motors on our existing coolers saving us 8024 watts per hour, with a payback over just six months, essentially saving us 50% of the costs!
And, through our Field to Foodbank Program in partnership with 30 local farmers, we secured over 1 million pounds of nutritious produce including carrots, corn, green beans, onions, and potatoes.
We look forward to continuing our mission of ending hunger in southwestern Wisconsin while striving to be stewards of sustainability.