We Built It! Will You Come?


October 11, 2019 By: Allison O'Toole - CEO, Second Harvest Heartland Category: SHH News

Yesterday afternoon, while much of Minnesota was focused on politics, in the west metro a new era of hunger relief was born.

Years in the making, the opening of Second Harvest Heartland’s Brooklyn Park volunteer center was an uplifting event. I was deeply touched, but not at all surprised by how many of our supporters turned out. They always do! And I get why. It’s because we are a state that helps our fellow neighbors. And we believe we’re all in this together—it’s just one of the reasons why I’m so proud and humbled to be Second Harvest Heartland’s CEO. 

I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside our mighty volunteers and supporters, and something remarkable always happens in that mix. A shift with our volunteers is a day maker, a shot of inspiration and a potent reminder of how much we can get done when we lean into what’s good and hopeful and invest our time and energy there. We come in to help feed our hungry neighbors and we leave feeling deeply nourished ourselves.

We welcomed countless of these dedicated volunteers and community members to our grand opening. I marveled at all the faces as they took in the space—the new equipment, coolers, fleet of trucks and updated storage facilities—and realized what it meant: we are now able to provide many more fresh, nutritious meals to the 1 in 11 families, including 1 in 8 children in our communities who are hungry.  

We hope that you will join us in this fight because while we are stronger and better prepared than ever to meet the growing need, there is still much work to be done. That’s why we hope you’ll bring your friends, families and coworkers to help us meet the challenges in front of us.

We’ve built it, and we very much hope you will come! In fact, we’re counting on it. We’re ready to welcome many more volunteers to help meet the growing need for 100 million meals next year. It’s a big number, but it’s a goal well matched by the enthusiasm and clarity of purpose of our volunteers and supporters. We couldn’t deliver a single meal without them and the more than 1,000 food shelves and meal programs we partner with.   

I hope you will visit us soon. While we can always use volunteers to sort and pack food in our warehouse, we will never turn away your time and talents. Second Harvest Heartland volunteers pack food and trucks of course but they also spread the word about hunger in their communities and join our teams to share their skills to tackle long-term projects. Anyone, everyone, with a few hours or a few dollars can help us end hunger. And I promise you this—you will love every minute of it.  

Join us for a volunteer shift!

- Allison O'Toole, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland 





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