Since 2009, 404 teams, totaling nearly 2,800 individuals, have walked on behalf of Second Harvest Heartland. With the help of their families and friends, they have raised over $240,000 and generated more than 700,000 meals for our hungry neighbors. We are incredibly grateful to every walker, walk team and donor for bringing awareness to the issue of hunger in Minnesota and helping us end hunger through community partnerships.
Featured below are past Walk to End Hunger teams, who have shared with us their reasons for walking and supporting Second Harvest Heartland.
We support hunger relief because everything in life starts with access to food – nothing is possible without it. Our family focuses a great deal of our giving on basic needs such as food and shelter. The Walk to End Hunger is a simple and easy thing many in our group can do to give thanks for the abundance in our lives and give back to help those in need.
Team Second Harvest Heartland
Every Thanksgiving, Second Harvest Heartland employees form a walk team and invite anyone from the community to join our team and help us fundraise. It’s such a great experience to bring together community members and employees – all of whom are walking to distribute more meals to our neighbors. Team Second Harvest Heartland grows in walkers and dollars raised every year, and we hope to keep it going!
We have been supporters of Second Harvest for a few years now, and we have always been impressed by their ability to stretch a dollar to make the biggest difference possible for hunger relief efforts in the community. The Walk really resonates because it pairs the two pillars of the Thanksgiving holiday – thankfulness and food. It is a great message to use for fundraising, and we have been lucky to get great support from friends, family, and coworkers. The Walk also provides an easy and fun way to involve our son and teach him about helping others.
DSW Shoe Lovers
At my grandma’s funeral in November 2011, I heard about all the remarkable, selfless things she had done in her life, and I was inspired to do something, too. So that Thanksgiving, my immediate family and I joined the Walk to End Hunger. Eventually, I wanted to make more of an impact, so I reached out to my peers at DSW – and our district rallied behind the event. In retail, it’s rare to have a day when none of us has to work, and now we all get to spend a few hours together, being active and doing something good for a great cause. Thanksgiving is a day to spend with friends and family, and I’ve loved seeing my DSW family bring their kids, spouses, and friends to continue the Thanksgiving tradition that I started with my family.