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Hunger Heroes

Know where your next meal is coming from?

Be a News 3 Hunger Hero and give to children and families who don't. 

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Summer can be a carefree time, but not for everyone in our community. It’s a time when many families struggle to provide adequate meals for their children. Youth at Goodman are well-nourished while in our summer programs but as the weekend approaches, many of our children agonize over their lack of access to food at home. Our food pantry endures a 15% increase in usage during the summer months. Families from all over Dane County depend on our pantry as a resource for local produce, professionally cooked meals, and high-quality groceries.

Supporting the Hunger Heroes program enables us to send home groceries with Goodman families on Fridays to cover their weekend meal needs. The bags include household staples but also fresh produce, milk, and bread. Our food pantry uses the additional supply to keep up with the increased food needs of our community.

How to be a Hunger Hero

1. Donate

Want us to do the shopping? No problem — we are able to buy in bulk at reduced prices. Your financial support strengthens our efforts, and gives you an easy way to get involved! Donations (of food and money) that exceed the need for summer meals will support the Fritz Food Pantry and food programs at the Center. 

GIVE NOW

Give in person: Stop by Goodman’s Ironworks front desk (149 Waubesa Street) and make a gift of cash, check or credit card.

Give by phone: Call Tom Powell, GCC Development Associate, at 608-204-8016 during business hours.

Give by mail: Make your check out to GCC with “Hunger Heroes” to the memo line. Mail to: Goodman Community Center, 214 Waubesa St., Madison, WI 53704


2. Phone Bank

Watch News 3 all day on Thursday, May 23 to learn more about the summer food crisis and who it impacts. Call into the News 3 Hunger Heroes Phone Bank between 4 pm and 6:30 pm to make a financial donation.


3. Organize a food drive

Hold a food drive at your workplace, faith community, neighborhood or club. We'd love to know if you're hosting a food drive for us, so we can thank you properly. Please fill out the food drive form below. We have an 11x17 poster and grocery lists (double-sided) for you to print and distribute. If you'd rather we print the materials and you pick up at the Center, you can note that in the food drive form.

Use this form to notify us of your food drive

The non-perishable food items we need are:

  • Cereal
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Spaghetti
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Fruit Cups
  • Tuna
  • Healthy Snack (Fruit Snack, Granola Bar etc.)

We order eggs, milk, bread, and fresh fruit to be added to the groceries weekly. Financial gifts help us provide these fresh items.

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4. Deliver the food

If you are delivering a large quantity of food from a food drive, it helps if you give us advanced notice of your drop off. Please contact Sam McDaniel, Food Pantry Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8049.

Food donations will be accepted when the Center is open between May 23 and June 21:

  • Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Saturday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thank you for helping in any way you can! If you have questions about the Hunger Heroes program, please contact Jon Lica, Corporate Giving Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608.204.8033.

 

The following partners have contributed generously to the News 3 Hunger Heroes campaign:

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Your business or organization can be a Hunger Hero by sponsoring this campaign. Financial gifts will help us provide over 12,000 meals this summer to food-insecure families in Dane County. Help give families a summer without worry about where their next meal will come from. If your business or organizing is interested in being a Hunger Hero, contact Jon Lica, Corporate Giving Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8033.

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