The Mission Behind the Mission: A Message from our CEO

October 29, 2012 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

Season’s Bounty is Meant To Be Shared

At this time of year our thoughts naturally turn to the bounty of the season—harvesting fields and gardens, celebrating the change in weather, and sharing a special meal with family and friends at Thanksgiving. Yet
the plenty that so many of us enjoy is not guaranteed for nearly one in 10 of our neighbors, who are at risk for regularly missing meals. In this issue, you’ll learn more about how Second Harvest Heartland helps our community share its bounty with those who need extra support to make it through tough times.

Take our innovative work with several Minnesota farmers and processors to harvest 4.3 million pounds of surplus, farm-fresh produce, getting it quickly to food shelves and into the hands of hungry clients. We adapted our resources, working closely with partner food shelves to move this extraordinary amount of nutritious fresh produce—triggering what one agency partner described as “the best thing that’s ever happened to our food shelf.”

We also continue to be stewards of incredible bounty from our corporate and community volunteers and donors, as evidenced by the attendance and enthusiasm at our October 4 open house, which officially opened Second Heartland Harvest West in Golden Valley. Throughout September, volunteers donated nearly 5,000 hours of time at our convenient new warehouse facility.

As you settle around a holiday table with your loved ones this season, know that your contributions of dollars, time and talent to Second Harvest Heartland are translating directly to meals for kids, families and seniors. Your generosity plays a crucial role in our mission to end hunger through community partnerships.

-Rob Zeaske

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