Proud to Fight Hunger

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June 27, 2016 By: Marie Pauley Category: SHH News

Last weekend, the Twin Cities celebrated Pride and we were thrilled to be part of the event for the first time.

Second Harvest Heartland was invited to be part of Twin Cities Pride by two long-time supporters of the organization, Mark Hiemenz and Charlie Rounds. This opportunity allowed us to shed light on the issue of hunger in the community and give people the opportunity to both give help and get help.

Pride Parade

When Mark found out that LGBT people are at a greater risk of hunger than the general population, he knew it was important for Second Harvest Heartland to be in this space and to get the word out to people who may need help.

In Minnesota, one in every four individuals in the LGBTQ community struggles with hunger. This is 2.5 times higher of food insecurity than the rate of food insecurity for all Minnesotans.

“If you don't have proper nutrition, you are at such a disadvantage throughout life. For children and youth, it affects their ability to learn, and all the way through life to the elderly, who are at increased risk of poor health if they don't have proper nutrition,” said Mark “and Second Harvest Heartland does a wonderful job of helping people get the food they need.”

But food is also more than nutrition. Similar to the mission of pride, according to Mark, food is about bringing people together. 

"Food brings people together, in celebrations and sad times; it's about sharing culture and being together as families. It's something that feeds the soul as well as the body.”

Thank you to everyone that visited us at Pride this weekend. Special thanks to Mark and Charlie for their passion for hunger relief. 

If you are in need of food help, visit 2harvest.org/gethelp today.

Or you can join us in the fight to end hunger and get involved by donating, volunteering or participating in other upcoming events and promotions.


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