Local meat manufacturer gives large donation to Second Harvest Foodbank

MADISON, Wis. — Second Harvest Foodbank received a huge wave of support Wednesday.

Jones Dairy Farm, based in Fort Atkinson, donated a semi-trailer full of food to the foodbank. Donated items included brown rice, frozen carrots and black beans.

In total, Jones Dairy Farm donated over 35,000 pounds of food. For Jones, Wednesday was a chance to give back.

Madison is right in our backyard,” Lisa Caras said. “Giving back to the people of our community and our state is something that is the backbone of who we are.”

Second Harvest depends on donations, so large gifts like the one given Wednesday can be a real game-changer.

“We have over 300 partners and programs that our partners are on that we run,” Second Harvest chief strategy and development officer Janet Simon said. “It will be available to all of them so that they can make the choices that are right for the folks that they’re supporting.”

Jones Dairy Farm usually donates to the food pantry in Fort Atkinson, however, the farm chose to give Wednesday’s gift to Second Harvest because of how large it was.