Update on Our Community Outreach Programs

May 6, 2014 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

We support a number of programs that connect hungry people with resources that increase their food security.

Meals for Minds School Pantry Program
With funding from Target, we distributed nearly 510,000 meals at 11 schools in high-need areas across the Twin Cities through Meals for Minds this year. Since the program began, more than 1.2 million meals have been distributed.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach
One in four people who qualify for SNAP (food stamps) don’t access their benefits. This year, our team of outreach specialists screened more than 11,500 households and successfully assisted and submitted more than 3,000 applications, helping connect more people with more food in their time of need.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
This program fills the missing meal gap during the summer months for kids who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. This year, nearly 300,000 meals were served in targeted outreach neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul, a 10 percent increase over last year. Second Harvest Heartland supported SFSP by building community awareness to increase participation and by providing capacity building grants to meal site sponsors.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Through this program, we provide a box of food monthly to income-eligible seniors through government food programs. This year, we opened 10 new distribution sites, and continue working to better serve underrepresented areas in the metro area and greater Minnesota.


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