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Thanks for Serving with the KARE 11 Sunrise Team

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s KARE 11 Serving with Sunrise volunteer event at our Golden Valley location. More than 50 volunteers showed up on another frigid morning to join Kim, Tim, Sven and the rest of the Sunrise team to help pack more than 3,000 pounds of pasta—enough to provide more than 2,300 meals to those needing food in our community. Now that’s a great way to spend a morning!

As with all of our volunteer events, we were humbled and inspired by the stories we heard—from the father/daughter duo who traveled more than 80 miles to help pack food, to those spur-of-the-moment volunteers who walked through our doors at the last minute wanting to help out.

As the need for food assistance continues to increase in our community, the generous support of our partners and volunteers are crucial. Sincere thanks to the KARE 11 Sunrise team for their generosity and support of our hunger relief efforts.

And remember, the need for volunteers and donations is year-round at Second Harvest Heartland. Please check out our website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about opportunities to continue to help.

Save the Date – Dish: Cuisine for Change 2014

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Saint Paul RiverCentre
6 – 10 p.m.

Please be our guest!

Help Second Harvest Heartland turn hunger into hope with a lively evening of gourmet cuisine from top local chefs, exciting live and silent auctions, fine wine and entertainment by master impressionist, Frank Caliendo.

Mark your calendar or get your tickets today!

Reserve your seat for $175 or host a table of ten for $1,750.

Donate and your gift will be matched!

Are you unable to attend Dish this year? We invite you to make a Regrets Gift, which for the first time, will be matched by Ameriprise Financial! As our Fund-a-Need sponsor this year, Ameriprise Financial has generously doubled their match of all Dish donations to $50,000 and will include Regrets Gifts. Therefore, the first $150 -$1,000 of your Regrets Gift will be generously matched by Ameriprise Financial.

Thanks for Helping us Kick Hunger and Surpassing the $1 Million Mark!

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Thanks to all who participated in last week’s Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon! We raised more than $250,000 to kick hunger in Minnesota and western Wisconsin through generous donations and sponsor matches, pushing the five-year total for the event to more than $1 million. Special thanks to WCCO Radio, Taste of the NFL, Land O’Lakes, General Mills and AgStar Financial Services for their continued partnership and support.

Let’s Kick Hunger Day raises crucial funds in support of hunger relief, 100 percent of which will stay local in our community. Times are tough for many of our neighbors, and the community’s support has never been more crucial—or inspiring.

We heard many inspiring stories from those who called in, and couldn’t be more humbled by our community’s generosity:

  • The senior couple from Mendota Heights who donated $100 in the morning, and after listening to the radiothon throughout the day, decided they could give a bit more and donated another $500 later in the afternoon.
  • The Minneapolis cab driver who proudly donated $10 in honor of his family who once struggled with hunger.
  • The single mother who couldn’t afford to contribute, but wanted to thank the Let’s Kick Hunger Day presenters, sponsors and volunteers for making a difference in our community.
  • The largest donation of the day—$5,000—by a generous local company, Johnstech International.

If you missed the radiothon yesterday but still want to help kick hunger, you can still donate online here.

Become a Hunger Hero – Thursday is Let’s Kick Hunger Day

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Kick Hunger Day 2014 with Sponsors LogoThis Thursday, January 30, from 5am to 7pm, WCCO Radio, Taste of the NFL, Land O’Lakes, General Mills and AgStar Financial Services are together again bringing you the fifth annual “Let’s Kick Hunger Day” Radiothon to benefit Second Harvest Heartland. The goal for this year’s event is to raise at least $200,000 – enough to provide 740,000 meals to local families in need.

Join us on Thursday, become a Hunger Hero and help us kick hunger by calling 877-886-4376, donating online here or visiting the live broadcast at the Mall of America. You can become a Hunger Hero by making a minimum ongoing donation of $10 a month or a minimum one time $120 donation.

There are still volunteer opportunities available for the morning to help collect donations over the phone at the Mall of America Rotunda. Shifts are three hours long and start as early as 5:15 am. Sign up here and join us for a day full of excitement and energy!

Kids and Families Fight Hunger on MLK Day

Friday, January 24th, 2014


On Monday, more than 430 volunteers, including 200 youth, their families and community members, rolled up their sleeves and packed, sorted and labeled food to help provide for those in need as part of Bring Your Child to Serve Day, in honor of MLK Day. By the time the last volunteer shift ended, 30,720 pounds of rice were packed—the equivalent of nearly 24,000 meals!

It was inspiring to see so many youth excited about giving back to their community and helping others. Thank you to all who volunteered, and we hope to see you again soon! We’d also like to thank our sponsor Bremer Bank for making the day possible.

And remember, the need for volunteers and donations is year-round at Second Harvest Heartland. Please check out our website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about opportunities to continue to help.

Save the Date: Vintner Ball 2014

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Vintner Ball LogoOn Saturday, March 1, 2014, the Vintner Ball will host their 9th annual event at the Westin Edina Galleria.
Sip and enjoy over ninety top-ranked wines from around the globe, sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres, enjoy live music and participate in the optional silent auction and wine seminars!

Thanks to the generous support from the evening’s hosts, event sponsors, donors and volunteers, 100 percent of proceeds go directly to Second Harvest Heartland.  Since its inception, Vintner Ball has raised more than $1.2 million for Second Harvest Heartland, which is enough to provide nearly 4.5 million meals to those in need in our community.

Learn more or RSVP today at vintnerball.com.

Make a Difference with Your Kids: Bring Your Child to Serve Day 2014

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Each year, Americans across the country come together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to serve their neighbors and communities in honor of Dr. King. As part of this national movement, we’re once again hosting “Bring Your Child to Serve Day” on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We’re excited to offer parents and their children an opportunity to volunteer together and generate awareness around the issue of hunger!

Event: 400 youth ages eight and older and their parents will work in shifts sorting and packing food for the nearly 600,000 individuals in need of hunger relief in our community.

When: Monday, January 20, 2014
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (volunteers needed for this shift!)

Where: Second Harvest Heartland West
6325 Sandburg Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Bremer Bank, a longtime supporter of community service with a keen interest in hunger relief, is sponsoring the event and will have employees and their children on hand volunteering. Thank you Bremer Bank!

Please consider joining us on January 20 to honor the late Dr. King and serve those in need in our community! Sign up for a volunteer shift here.

Save the Date: Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

WCCO Radio and Taste of the NFL present the fifth annual Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon—a day-long event sponsored by Land O’ Lakes, General Mills and AgStar Financial Services to benefit Second Harvest Heartland—taking place Thursday, January 30.

A record 1 in 10 Minnesotans—and 1 in 6 Minnesota kids—are at risk of going without a meal on any given day. Let’s Kick Hunger Day will raise crucial funds to provide more meals to those children, working families and seniors right here in our community through Second Harvest Heartland.

100% of your contribution will stay local and will help provide meals to children, working families and seniors.

You can make an impact today: it only takes 26 cents to provide an entire meal for someone in need in your area.

Call in to WCCO on Thursday, January 30 and become a Hunger Hero by signing up to be an ongoing Monthly Giver of $10 or more per month or a one-time gift of $120 or more. Your gift provides a meal-a-day for the entire year for one child, working parent or senior in need.

Make an online donation here or visit our website for more information.

This Year, Pledge to Do More, Give More, Be More

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

New Years is a time to reflect on the past, but also an opportunity to look to the future and make goals. This year, what do you want to accomplish? How do you plan to give back to your community? How will you help others?

Make 2014 the year you pledge to Do More, Give More and Be More by volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland. In just one two-hour volunteer shift, you can help provide 175 meals to our hungry neighbors.

And your help is needed now more than ever, as January and February are some of our most difficult months in which to fill volunteer shifts. We’re anticipating a 20 percent drop in volunteer participation in January, which means packing and distributing less food that our neighbors so greatly need.

This New Year, we hope you’ll resolve to fight hunger with Second Harvest Heartland as a volunteer. Volunteers sort, pack and label the food that goes directly to families in need. Your help can prevent our neighbors from having to make difficult decisions in 2014—decisions like whether to pay rent or put food on the table. Difficult decisions that no one should ever have to make.

Do More, Give More and Be More by volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland today. For a full list of volunteer opportunities, visit here.

Watch the video below to learn more about the need for volunteers!

Give Back Before Giving Thanks: Walk to End Hunger 2013

Monday, November 25th, 2013

This holiday season, thousands of Minnesota families will rely on their local food shelf for a simple holiday meal. You can directly help those in need by joining Second Harvest Heartland for this year’s Walk to End Hunger at the Mall of America on Thanksgiving morning.

The Walk to End Hunger, a family-friendly 5K fun walk, presented by the Twin Cities Hunger Initiative, is a collaboration of hunger relief agencies to raise awareness and funds to end hunger in the Twin Cities and gather thousands of nonperishable food items for local hunger relief organizations, including Second Harvest Heartland.

Why walk:

  • Kids participate for free!
  • NEW this year, break a sweat on the second level of the mall with power walking and other fitness activities.
  • Santa will be there posing for photos.
  • Some rides at the mall will be open for free along with other fun activities for the family.

There are many ways to participate in the walk: join team Second Harvest Heartland, start your own team, make a donation or volunteer. Visit 2harvest.org/walk to join us today!

However you choose to participate, you will help provide more food to those who are hungry in our community this holiday season! For more information, visit the Walk to End Hunger website or call 651.789.9842. Hope to see you there!

Thank you for Giving to the Max!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

On behalf of Second Harvest Heartland, our community partners and the children, working families and seniors we serve, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your incredible generosity.

Thanks to The Mosaic Company Foundation, a special group of individual donors and the humbling online gifts from generous individuals like you, we’ll be able to provide the equivalent of over 2 million meals to those in our community who are counting on us for support.

  • Individual contributions: $379,607
  • Matching funds from The Mosaic Company Foundation and individual donors: $190,000
  • 5th place prize: $1,000

Total: $570,607 – enough to help us provide food for over 2 million meals.

Please take a moment to watch my personal video thank you message.

Thank you for your generosity. Know that this holiday season, our neighbors will sit down for a plentiful meal and give thanks for you.

Sincerely,
Rob Zeaske
CEO, Second Harvest Heartland

Double Your Dollar on Give to the Max Day!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Give to the Max Day is November 14. We’re ready. Are you?

Join thousands of Minnesotans on Give to the Max Day and donate online in support of your favorite charities.

When you make Second Harvest Heartland your charity of choice, you can double your impact thanks to $170,000 in matching funds generously provided by The Mosaic Company Foundation and a group of individual donors.

And when you give $100 or more, we’ll send you a hand-colored “thank you” postcard. Your gift of $100 will provide a meal-a-day for a year to a child, working parent or senior in our community who is struggling with hunger.

Please make Second Harvest Heartland your charity of choice this Give to the Max Day. Sign up for a reminder email, to be delivered to your inbox on November 14, here.

Help Kick Childhood Hunger with the Minnesota Vikings

Monday, October 28th, 2013

During the holiday season when we do our best to think about others and give back, the players and coaches of the Minnesota Vikings are leading by example by hosting this year’s Taste of the Vikings event at Mall of America on November 11 at 7pm.

The Taste of the Vikings, one of our premier events, combines food and football to raise funds for hunger relief in Minnesota. Attendees sample food and wine from some of the Twin Cities best restaurants and take pictures with and get autographs from the Minnesota Vikings roster. All proceeds from the Taste of the Vikings event benefit the Second Harvest Heartland Summer Food Service Program supported by the Vikings Children’s Fund. Last year, the event raised more than $130,000! That’s enough to provide 481,000 meals to low-income kids in need of food!

Thanks to the Minnesota Vikings, Taste of the NFL founder Wayne Kostroski, presenting sponsor Radisson and local chefs who will give their time to help us in our fight to end hunger!

To see pictures from last year’s event, click here.

To register for this year’s event, click here.

Get Your Taste Buds Ready for City Pages’ Iron Fork

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Join us for the City Pages’ Iron Fork event, where top local chefs will test their culinary skills against each other to see who can create the most appetizing dish from one secret ingredient. The event, which will be held on November 7th at International Market Square in downtown Minneapolis, will run from 6pm to 9pm.

The head-to-head culinary battle will raise money for Second Harvest Heartland and our fight to end hunger. Over the last six years, the event has raised nearly $30,000—enough to provide over 104,000 meals to our hungry neighbors.

You can also sample signature dishes from local restaurants, enjoy samples of beer and wine, and see local bartenders compete for the title of “Master Mixologist.” Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door, or just $45 for a special VIP ticket that entitles you to a private cash bar, exclusive dessert stations and butler-passed samples from participating restaurants. All tickets include wine, liquor and beer samples as well as signature dishes from more than 20 local Twin Cities’ restaurants.

Buy your tickets today here.

You and your taste buds don’t want to miss this event!

Competing Chefs Include:
Local Chefs will battle to see who can create the most appetizing dish from a secret ingredient provided by Lunds and revealed right before the competition.

  • 2012 Winner Landon Schoenefeld – Haute Dish
  • Daniel de Prado – Burch Steak
  • Jack Riebel – Butcher and the Boar
  • Ian Gray – The Gray House
  • Stephanie Kochlin – Pig & Fiddle
  • TBD – Art Institutes Chef

Restaurants Sampling Include:

  • Tony Roma’s SteakhousePizza Luce
  • The Spyhouse Coffee Shop
  • B.T. McElrath Chocolates
  • Los Ocampo
  • Glamdoll Donuts
  • Pour Wine Bar
  • Signature Cafe
  • Big Marina
  • Bayport BBQ
  • Pancho Villa
  • French Hen Café

*More being added
Photo courtesy of City Pages

Help End Hunger with a Trip to Your Local Grocery Store

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Through the power of partnership, The Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA) is making real progress in the fight to end hunger in Minnesota. In partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, the MGA has created a statewide campaign called “Minnesota Own,” a unique statewide partnership among grocers, industry vendors, consumers and local hunger-relief agencies to educate people about how hunger affects the state’s residents.

All food and monetary donations collected in-store will be distributed to local food banks and food shelves to benefit hungry Minnesota families. The MGA coordinates the program across the state and has more than 230 retail participants and 14 vendor partners. Last year, the “Minnesota’s Own” campaign provided 6.2 million meals to hungry families in Minnesota and has set a goal to reach 6.5 million meals this year.

“Our grocers and vendor partners share consumers’ concerns for providing food and necessities to local families in need,” said Jamie Pfuhl, President of the Minnesota Grocers Association. “The participating retailers and vendors are proud to bring ‘Minnesota’s Own’ to our communities, to help increase donations to their local food shelves, and to benefit area families during difficult economic times.”

You can support in “Minnesota’s Own” by:

  • Participating in or hosting a Food & Fund Drive—Buy items in your local grocery store and donate them to local food shelves;
  • Contributing to in-store promotion—Purchase specially marked items and vendor partners will donate an additional monetary amount to local food shelves; and
  • Finding the “Check Off Hunger” Icons—For as little as $1, $3 or $5, customers may contribute to food shelves at the register and sign a grocery list icon that will be displayed prominently in the store.

For a list of participating grocers, special vendor coupons and more information on how to get involved, visit minnesotasown.com.

We hope you’ll join us this October to help end hunger in Minnesota!

Glow In the Night for Hunger Relief

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Glow In the Night 5K is coming to Minnesota for the first time and is proudly supporting Second Harvest Heartland. Join us for a glowing night of fun, while helping bring food to the tables of your hungry neighbors in need. During the race, you will get completely covered in “glowrific” color dust with family and friends at night, under the soft glow of black lights.

At the end of the 5K run, enjoy the after party with food, music and of course, more color.

Early bird registration ends September 20, and volunteer opportunities are available. To register today or for more information, visit glowinthenight5K.com.

Race Details:
Glow In the Night 5K
Friday, October 4th
Race start time: 7:00 pm
West Park, White Bear Lake

Creating Art, Eliminating Hunger

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Photo courtesy of Tom Henry Photography

Last year, we were excited to tell you about Amber Waves, Tom Henry’s landscape art installation nestled within the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis this summer.

We’re happy to report that Tom is back at it this year with a new installation, “The Golden Curve.” Henry worked with the Metropolitan Airports Commission to plan and plant wheat and sunflowers for the project, sponsored in part by a grant from the General Mills Foundation. Nearly 400 bright yellow sunflowers and fields of golden, flowing wheat are now visible to passengers taking a light rail train near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Mall of America.

“Sunflowers and wheat are natural together and with the wheat now baled in between the rows of sunflowers, it looks a bit like a European landscape,” Henry says. “It takes the train about 10 seconds to round the bend, so I like to think of it as 10 seconds in Tuscany.”

The visual entertainment will eventually come to a close with an end-of-season harvest planned to help feed those in need through food shelves in the Twin Cities area!

Our wide network of partners, volunteers and donors are what make the wheels of Second Harvest Heartland turn, and we couldn’t be more excited and thankful for Tom’s creative and charitable project!

Going Orange for Hunger Action Day

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Today, Second Harvest Heartland staff joined hundreds of members of our community by going Orange” for Hunger Action Day, raising awareness for the prevalence of hunger in Minnesota.

The number of Minnesotans who struggle to put enough food on the table remains at its highest level since the government started counting two decades ago. In Minnesota and western Wisconsin, one in 10 people experience the stress of hunger on any given day even though there is enough food available to feed everyone. We’re using Hunger Action Month during the month of September to raise awareness of this problem in our service area and urge people to join the fight to end hunger.

There are many ways for you to get involved this September: raising awareness, volunteering, and collecting food and financial donations; we hope you won’t choose just one. For more information on ways to fight hunger, visit 2harvest.org/ham.




Hunger Action Month: Together We Can Solve Hunger!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

September is Hunger Action Month across the country. As a member of Feeding America‘s nationwide network of food banks, we’re asking you to support Second Harvest Heartland and those we serve by taking action to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in our service area.

With more than 600,000 people in Minnesota and western Wisconsin at risk of missing a meal on any given day, it’s more important now than ever before to help.

No action is too small when it comes to ending hunger!

Double Down Challenge will Double Your Impact
Help us hit our goal of 10,000 volunteer hours during the month of September. Every hour you volunteer for Second Harvest Heartland will be matched with a $5 donation from Bremer Bank, up to a total of $50,000! That’s enough to provide 185,000 meals to our neighbors in need! Learn how you can take action at 2harvest.org/ham.

Go Orange
September 5th is National Hunger Action Day. Show your support by wearing orange on the 5th, and all month long.
- Virtually: dedicate your Facebook and Twitter to hunger awareness for the month. Check out our Facebook page for ideas.
- Physically: Light your home or workplace orange.

Create Awareness
- Take: the SNAP challenge and live on the average daily SNAP benefit of $4.50 a day.
- Learn: the facts about Hunger in Minnesota and share it with friends.
- Display: our “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar at work, in your home, and throughout your community.

Take Action
- Host: a Food & Fund Drive.
- Volunteer: for a three-hour shift to feed a family of four for a week, or take a look at our featured volunteer opportunities to see how you can make an even deeper impact in one of our hungry neighbor’s lives.

There are many ways for you to get involved this September; we hope you won’t choose just one. For more information on ways to fight hunger in September, visit 2harvest.org/ham.

Ready to Get Your Hands Dirty? Glean With Us!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Looking for a fun and unique way to help our neighbors in need? Come glean with us, and enjoy a beautiful day on a working farm with this unique volunteer opportunity! Second Harvest Heartland needs your help to pick fresh, healthy produce at local farms for those at risk of hunger. Second Harvest Heartland delivers all the produce you harvest to local food shelves, soup kitchens and other agency partner programs in our region. Bring your friends and family for a fun, meaningful experience.

We welcome individuals, families or groups ages 12+. Gleaning events last approximately three hours and take place weekdays, weekends and weekday evenings from July through October. Second Harvest Heartland provides training, boxes and transportation of all of the harvested produce back to our warehouse. Volunteers need to provide their own transportation to the farms and bring lots of energy and anything for proper protection from the weather (water, sunscreen, etc.). (Note: This position requires participants to be able to stand for long periods of time. Adults should be able to carry a 40 lb. bag of apples.)

Ready to get out in the fields? These events often occur on short notice, when it’s convenient for farmers and while the produce is still fresh. We need volunteers like you who are at the ready. Sign up for our volunteer emails here, and we’ll send you alerts when the crops are ready to be picked! Or, feel free to call (651) 209-7909 with any questions.