Over 2,000 pounds of food collected at NBC15’s Share Your Vacation drive-in event


MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Approximately 2,350 pounds of food have been collected and will be donated to area families following NBC15’s Share Your Vacation drive-thru food donation event.

Members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard partnered with ABS Global to host Thursday’s drive, where they collected canned goods and other non-perishable items to donate to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.

Organizers said the food donated is equivalent to around 2,400 meals and will help more people than some realize.

“While it might not be like an entire trailer full of meals, that little box you bring is a lot,” said Army National Guard marketing director Joshua Kammeraad. “Just seeing the happiness on their face, that’s kind of why I love doing it.”

Members of the National Guard have a history of helping with food insecurity, and in 2020 hosted a drive-thru food drive during the 25th anniversary Share Your Vacation. Organizers said the soldiers who took part in the 2020 campaign were inspired by their experience which motivated them to help again.

Kammeraad said members of their guard look forward to contributing to the fight against hunger in the future.

“Twenty-four cents is a big achievement I think for our first year and making a dent and as we’ve said before just like a little bit helps so just kind of learning from this year and hopefully , plan to do more next year and keep growing .

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