Seven Organizations Dedicated to Ending Hunger

March 28, 2019 By: Tina Mortimer Category: Partner News

The tenth annual Hunger Hero Awards recognizes seven partners for their extraordinary efforts in helping provide food people need to thrive. These individuals and teams stepped up in big ways to help end hunger. They shared their expertise, financial gifts, food or their spotlight. Their example shows us that we can end hunger in our communities, if we all just do a little more.

This year we’re excited to announce a new award category—Employee Giving—that recognizes a leader in workplace giving to Second Harvest Heartland.

Please join us in thanking the 2019 recipients of Second Harvest Heartland's annual Hunger Hero Awards:

Awareness: Give MN
Give MN joined forces with Second Harvest Heartland to ensure that on Give to the Max Day, people learn about the segment of the community that is out fighting hunger. Since the inception of Give to the Max Day, Second Harvest Heartland has raised over a million and a half dollars and acquired over 2,000 new donors.

Innovation: North Memorial Health and North Collaborative Care
North Memorial Health, along with their North Collaborative Care network of clinics, introduced a new and sustainable approach to hunger relief by helping us bring registered dieticians and FOODRx—food prescription boxes—directly into health clinics. They have strengthened connections between clinic staff and patients and addressed the transportation issues their patients face by bringing care and food right to their door.

Volunteer: American Family Insurance  
Last year, 350 American Family Insurance agents, corporate employees, clients and family members volunteered repacking more than 23,000 pounds of rice and potatoes at our new Brooklyn Park facility. After each shift they celebrated with food trucks, music, games and comradery. Through this and other employee-volunteer events, American Family contributed 792 hours of time to ending hunger.

Agency Partner: Gethsemane Lutheran Church – The Camden Promise
During the summer of 2018, Gethsemane Lutheran Church’s innovative program, The Camden Promise, expanded their food shelf and food rescue programming to include twice-monthly community block parties to distribute fresh produce. They offered the community fun, an outdoor meal and time together. Dinner was proceeded by Peace Walks designed to acknowledge and counter the violence in the neighborhood.

Food Rescue: Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s is relatively new to Food Rescue, but last year achieved the greatest increase in Retail Food Rescue donations with an increase of 48 percent in food donated to hunger-relief organizations—food that would otherwise be wasted. They have shared shelf-stable goods alongside produce and meat, which are often the costliest items in the grocery store.  

Financial Donor: Heartbeat for Hunger
Heartbeat for Hunger, created in 2016 by a team of passionate hunger fighters, has quickly become the premiere event for young philanthropists each year. The concert features local bands and local breweries, coming together to end hunger.

Employee Giving: General Mills  
In 2018, General Mills’ Food & Fund Drive raised $107,400 through generous gifts, silent auction and raffle donations, and other fun activities. This employee-led fundraiser exemplifies the power employees have to make a significant impact on hunger in their local community.   

In so many ways, our partners make a transformational impact on our mission to end hunger. These Hunger Heroes are making a difference every day through food and financial donations, volunteer hours, innovative thought leadership and increased awareness.  

Please join us in thanking these Hunger Heroes! 

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