Taking Hunger to the Capitol
For many, supporting Second Harvest Heartland’s one-time bonding request to the State of Minnesota to renovate our new facility involved a quick phone call, social post or email. But, on Thursday, May 9 nearly 150 individuals put on orange t-shirts (orange is the color of hunger awareness) and gathered at the State Capitol to share their voice and support in person.
The group represented nearly half of the districts in the state and included agency partners, employees, donors, volunteers, board members, food bank partners across the state and students from a partner high school.
Before heading out to meet with their Senators one-on-one, supporters got to hear from some of our local legislators already championing for healthy food access. Guests included, Representatives Dean Urdahl, Alice Hausman, Tony Jurgens, Nels Pierson, Dario Anselmo and Senator Paul Anderson.
Rallying with a chant of “hunger matters” everyone disassembled to meet with their Senator and share why they support this bonding request and once-in-a-generation investment.
Thank you to everyone that joined Second Harvest Heartland in taking the hill for hunger! We’re happy to share that with the help of your shared voices, our request is in both the House and the Senate bonding bills.
Follow us on social or check back for updates soon - we’ll know more when session ends by May 21! If you were unable to join us or you want to learn more our about our bonding request, visit 2harvest.org/advocacy.