The All-City Swim League pools have a long history of helping Madison-area children, families and individuals who struggle with hunger through an annual food/fund drive.
In 2008, All-City formed a partnership with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Each year, the Madison-based non-profit organization responds to nearly one million requests for service through food distribution to partner food pantries, shelters and meal sites and increasing participation in outside food assistance programs.
The All-City Swim Meet Food/Fund Drive Challenge is held throughout the summer swim season, and for Second Harvest Foodbank, the timing couldn’t be better. Families whose children receive free/reduced-price school meals must find alternatives during summer break, and this can increase the demand upon Second Harvest’s partner agencies and programs.
Each pool selects a different Second Harvest Foodbank Madison-area partner food pantry or Kids Cafe Program site to benefit from their collection of financial and non-perishable food donations. And through this collection, the pools compete to raise the most meals per swimmer.
Since 2008, the Challenge has raised more than 1.4 million meals.
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, 2015 to June 30, 2016 Second Harvest, together with its partner agencies and programs, provided 13.7 million meals. It is one of 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.