Passion for Hunger Relief: Our Board of Directors
Second Harvest Heartland’s Board of Directors give their time and talent to fulfill our mission of ending hunger through community partnerships. In our 2016 annual Community Report, we asked a few members of the Board about their involvement with Second Harvest Heartland and their passion for hunger relief. Their responses are below.
Why did you get involved as a board member with Second Harvest Heartland?
“I grew up in the food business and have worked in it my whole life, so it’s a natural fit. More importantly, I'm a huge believer in Second Harvest Heartland's mission to end hunger in our community. This organization does essential work, and it’s an honor to be a part of the team.” — Chris Neugent, CEO and President, Post Consumer Brands
“Second Harvest Heartland is a courageous organization that is making an impact. There are many partners in the quest to end hunger in our region, but Second Harvest Heartland is the leader and acts as a catalyst for positive change. I am energized by our progress in the quest to end hunger.” — Greg Hilding, Retired Bremer Bank Group President and Active Community Volunteer
In your opinion, what is the impact of Second Harvest Heartland’s work in the community?
“The impact is twofold: The organization maintains an infrastructure that makes a huge, direct impact on helping people. But because of its scale and its role in the hunger relief network, Second Harvest Heartland brings the issue of hunger front and center, illuminating it to people who may be unaware.” — Hunter Saklad, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Select Comfort Corporation
Which of Second Harvest Heartland’s strategic initiatives excites you the most, and why?
“The Hunger and Health initiative aligns with my career in healthcare. Similar to quitting smoking, using a seatbelt or getting in 10,000 steps a day, ending hunger really is a proactive strategy to improve health and well-being.” — Calvin Allen, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Human Resources, Health Partners
“The new FOODRx program that seeks to tailor solutions to recipients’ nutritional needs and also align with their food culture is very exciting. This is critical to improving access to food for many communities.” — Brian Buhr, Dean, University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences