Stewardship through Client-Focused Improvements

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June 5, 2015 By: Sara Blair - Senior Communications Coordinator Category: SHH News Tags: fresh produce, agency partner, senior hunger, Retail Food Rescue

Second Harvest Heartland has made a commitment to improving partnerships through stewardship and by capitalizing on our strengths and the strengths of our partners. When stewardship means “thank you” and more, the little and big changes can make a significant impact on the lives of those we serve.

Considering our Own Space
1,800 seniors receive a monthly box of food from the Commodity Supplemental Food Service Program (CSFP) at our Maplewood facility. Seniors seeking support from the program are also interviewed at our site—in a space that was small and not very accommodating to seniors with limited mobility. A simple update to the CSFP office allowed more space for our senior clients—making room for walkers, wheelchairs and additional family members. An update to the food pickup area is also on the horizon with the goal of making this space even easier to navigate.

Produce Distribution Pilots: Creating Win-Win Opportunities with Agency Partners
By combining Second Harvest Heartland’s volunteer resources with the distribution expertise of agency partner programs, more fresh produce made its way to high-need communities this summer.

Merrick Food Shelf in St. Paul was one of two partners in the produce distribution pilot supported by Second Harvest Heartland.

“Partnering with Second Harvest Heartland for produce distributions provided Merrick Food Shelf the opportunity to deliver good news and good food to our participants throughout the summer,” said Courteney Roessler, Merrick Food Shelf Manager

Growing Food Rescue's Reach
For the first time since the Retail Food Rescue program began, more than half of the food collected from retail grocers went directly to agency partners.

"By partnering stores directly with local food shelves, we’ve been able to increase efficiency and our reach to rural areas while helping our retail partners support their local communities with fresh and whole foods,” said April Rog, Second Harvest Heartland Food Rescue Program Manager.

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