Hunger Heroes: Partners making a transformational impact
Second Harvest Heartland is passionate in our belief that we can end hunger, but we cannot do it alone. Through the Hunger Hero awards, we recognize six partners for their extraordinary efforts, helping our hungry neighbors. We’re pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of Second Harvest Heartland's annual Hunger Hero awards.
By providing donations of food, volunteer hours, financial support, innovative thought leadership and helping us build awareness of the issue of hunger; our partners make a transformational impact on our mission to end hunger.
Financial: Bank of America
Partner with the leading financial impact on hunger relief programs
Through workplace giving, the “Give a Meal” campaign and the Neighborhood Builders program, Bank of America had the largest growth – 275 percent - in financial donations to Second Harvest Heartland in 2016. Bank of America is committed to supporting Second Harvest Heartland’s work around hunger and health, as it explores another outlet for reaching hungry neighbors.
Innovation: CentraCare Health
Partner who created an innovative way to develop a new and sustainable approach to hunger relief
Minnesota is at the forefront of health care innovation, and CentraCare Health is a prime example of a leading health system that is willing to experiment with new approaches that address both hunger and health care needs. The CentraCare Family Health Center partnered with Second Harvest Heartland to pilot a new and innovative program called FOODRx, which tests the health and financial impacts of providing tailored food prescriptions to low-income patients with diabetes.
Retail Food Rescue: Coborn’s, Inc.
Retail partner with outstanding contribution to the rescue of food
One of the most remarkable impacts of Coborn’s, Inc. stores joining the Retail Food Rescue program in 2012 has been the increasing availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, quality meats and other nutritious foods for our hungry neighbors beyond the metro area. Second Harvest Heartland’s partnership with Coborn’s, Inc. creates an effective pathway to connect fresh retail donations to partner food shelves in all of their communities. It’s just one of the ways Coborn’s, Inc. embodies their company vision to “Be remarkable! Inspire happiness, healthy living and simplicity, one guest at a time.” Coborn’s, Inc achieved the greatest increase in Retail Food Rescue donations in the last fiscal year –helping provide more than 1.8 million meals.
Volunteer: General Mills
Partner with integral growth in employee volunteerism
General Mills has a long-standing history of being a national leader in hunger relief and corporate volunteerism, and this year was no exception. In 2016, General Mills employees volunteered at our Golden Valley warehouse, at our Let’s Kick Hunger event and at our Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration called Bring Your Child to Serve Day. From these efforts, General Mills employees contributed 1,945 hours of their time, which is an 80 percent increase from the previous year.
Awareness: Taste of the NFL
Partner generating outstanding visibility in raising the awareness of hunger
When Minnesota last hosted the Super Bowl in 1992, Wayne Kostroski, founder of Taste of the NFL, started the event which engages NFL fans each year in the fight to end hunger. In the past 25 years, Taste of the NFL has expanded local annual events such as Taste of the Vikings, Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon and the Kick Hunger challenge. In this past year, these events drove significant awareness of the issue of hunger in our community and helped raise more than $375,000, providing more than 1 million meals to our hungry neighbors.
Food: Walmart DC 7079 Mankato
Partner with the largest growth in food donation support
Walmart DC 7079 Mankato’s mission is to create opportunities to live better, and they consider it their responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities they serve. Staying true to this mission, Walmart DC 7079 Mankato has generously supported Second Harvest Heartland during the past year through providing donations of high quality, fresh food. Walmart DC 7079 Mankato was our overall largest food donor in 2016, providing enough food to serve more than 4.6 million meals throughout our community.