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Second Harvest Heartland - Newsletter - Fall 2012


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Second Harvest Heartland - Newsletter - Fall 2012

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Second Harvest Heartland - Newsletter - Fall 2012

  1. 1. Stories Hope Fall 2012 ofHARVEST to HOME Building connections, from field to table • PG 4 ®I n si d e • Food & Fund punches hunger • A season of thanks • Reaching out with SNAP • The unsung volunteers pg 3 pg 6 pg 7
  2. 2. The Mission Beyond the Mission Punching out hunger A message from our Executive Director CEO the Food Fund way Season’s Bounty is Meant To Be Shared If eating pizza to fight hunger sounds too good to be true, visit a Punch Pizza their own food donations and donate their day’s tips to Second Harvest Heartland. The At this time of year our thoughts naturally harvest 4.3 million pounds of surplus, Harvest West in Golden Valley. Throughout during their annual food drive and try it for food drive is also important to managers turn to the bounty of the season—harvesting farm-fresh produce, getting it quickly to September, volunteers donated nearly yourself. Each November, Punch Pizza offers because they know the importance of fields and gardens, celebrating the change food shelves and into the hands of hungry 5,000 hours of time at our convenient new a free pizza with a cash or food donation in fighting hunger in our community. They in weather, and sharing a special meal clients. We adapted our resources, working warehouse facility. support of Second Harvest Heartland. Last work hard to provide extra staff for the day with family and friends at Thanksgiving. closely with partner food shelves to move As you settle around a holiday table with year, customers brought in more than 8,300 of the drive, keep up with the long lines, Yet the plenty that so many of us enjoy is this extraordinary amount of nutritious your loved ones this season, know that your pounds of food items and raised $4,000 and of course, keep making great pizza. At not guaranteed for nearly one in 10 of our fresh produce—triggering what one agency contributions of dollars, time and talent to through an online coupon offer—enough for the end of the night, the managers tally neighbors, who are at risk for regularly partner described as “the best thing that’s Second Harvest Heartland are translating us to deliver more than 21,000 meals to our the total number of pizzas given away and missing meals. In this issue, you’ll learn ever happened to our food shelf.” directly to meals for kids, families and hungry neighbors! count the barrels of food. Every store wants more about how Second Harvest Heartland We also continue to be stewards of seniors. Your generosity plays a crucial Punch Pizza’s annual Food Fund Drive has to give away the most pizza and collect the helps our community share its bounty with incredible bounty from our corporate role in our mission to end hunger through those who need extra support to make it seen increased customer support every year most food donated, because the winners’ and community volunteers and donors, community partnerships. through tough times. since it began in 2009. “As a restaurant, we bragging rights last until the next year. as evidenced by the attendance and -Rob Zeaske Take our innovative work with several enthusiasm at our October 4 open house, feel a special obligation to help fight hunger Punch Pizza continues to partner with Minnesota farmers and processors to which officially opened Second Heartland in the Twin Cities,” said Jenny Nyquist of Last year, Punch customers raised $4,000 and Second Harvest Heartland because they Punch Pizza. “We have such a dedicated 8,300 pounds of food. believe in the fight against hunger. At the and generous customer base at Punch, and end of the day, seeing the food donation Together we are they look forward to this promotion each barrels filled to the top makes all the hard year.  We are amazed at how many tons of Although the restaurant staff has to work work worth it. transforming hunger relief. food are collected in just one day and it harder on the day of the drive than any You can help. Mark your calendar with these events. Go to for more details. makes giving away thousands of pizzas totally worth it.” other day in the year, they enjoy working hard for a great cause. Staff even bring in To learn how you can hold a Food Fund Drive, visit THANK YOU! Taste of the Vikings Vintner Ball November 19 • Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America March 2, 2013 • Westin Edina Galleria Rub elbows with current and former Vikings players while sampling Don’t miss the next Vintner Ball, a world-class, charitable wine tasting food from the Twin Cities’ finest restaurants. event. One hundred percent of funds raised benefit Second Harvest Heartland. Enjoy an evening of some of the finest wines from around For more details, visit world, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and wine seminars! A huge Second Harvest heartland ‘Thank you!’ for making SEPTEMBER HUGELY successful! Walk to End Hunger For more information, visit Hunger Action Month – Give a Little Feed a lot November 22, 7-10am • Mall of America Thank you to all who volunteered, donated food or made a financial contribution during Hunger Action Month! You The Walk to End Hunger is a 5K, family-friendly fun walk presented Dish: Cuisine for Change may have also participated in the Give a Little, Feed a Lot campaign with a donation of food, doubled your dollar with by the Twin Cities Hunger Initiative on Thanksgiving morning May 30, 2013 • Saint Paul RiverCentre a matched online donation or rounded up your grocery total at Cub Foods. If so, you helped raise enough for nearly 1.7 inside the Mall of America. Join Team Second Harvest Heartland or Second Harvest Heartland’s premier fundraising gala, Dish is an million meals! Give a Little, Feed a Lot was made possible by Cub Foods, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, MOM Brands, Dean contribute to the event in a number of other ways. elegant evening of fine food prepared by the best chefs in and around Foods and KSTP. Thank you so much. For more details, visit the Twin Cities, auction items, wine tasting and entertainment to help our hungry neighbors. Each year, the event raises nearly $500,000 in Double Down Sponsors support of our work towards a hunger-free community. 2013 marks the This September, 1,827 volunteers responded with 4,715 hours of service at Second Harvest Heartland West, more than Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon 10-year anniversary of Dish—you won’t want to miss it! doubling the amount of time contributed in September of 2011. Every volunteer hour completed at Second Harvest January 31, 2013 • Mall of America Find out how you can get involved at Heartland West during this time was matched with a financial contribution by our generous Double Down Sponsors: WCCO Radio and Taste of the NFL present the fourth-annual Let’s Cargill, Ecolab, General Mills, Kemps, Optum and UnitedHealthcare! Thank you! Kick Hunger Day Radiothon to benefit Second Harvest Heartland. Join sponsors General Mills and Land O’ Lakes to feed our neighbors in need.  Pack-a-Thon Sponsors For more information, visit Our first-ever Pack-a-Thon was a huge success, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the 265 volunteers who logged more than 550 hours packing enough food to provide more than 167,000 meals! We’d like to thank our presenting sponsor, The Mosaic Company, who matched all donations during the event for a total of $33,000! 2 Fall 2012
  3. 3. Without action, a bounty can turn into overabundance When we got the call that Seneca Foods had 600,000 pounds of corn available if we had the capacity to collect it, we respondedHARVEST immediately. Trucks that would normally have moved the corn in Renville County to a Seneca plant instead moved it to Cargills grain storage facility in Savage. Cargill employees packed 12 truckloads of corn into totes, and SUPERVALU supported the effort and put together throughout the country could do what they HOME with refrigeration and transportation. did, and get (the produce) out to people.” This year, Gary But like any fresh food, corn is perishable. We knew Minnesota’s planted crops specifically planned for donation, amounting to emergency food system couldn’t quickly enough absorb more to more than 230,000 pounds of corn, cabbage, green beans, than 100,000 pounds of it—so the Second Harvest Heartland Food cucumbers and peppers. Sourcing Team sprung into action, making connections with other food banks in the Feeding America network to share in the bounty. Partnerships will shape the future Within days, truckloads of corn were on their way to 18 food banks Not one of the successes experienced this year could have been in 10 states—from the Greater Food Depository in Chicago, Illinois accomplished without the dedication and commitment of caring Bringing a Bounty of Farm-Fresh Food to Families to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas, Texas. partners on the front lines of hunger relief. From the major processor to the local community garden, the contributions of each Local growers dedicate crops to the cause and every partner make a tremendous difference in the lives of In past issues, we’ve told you about the While the vast majority of the pounds contributed to this people experiencing hunger. more than 200 million pounds of heartland- program has and will come through partnerships with large- scale processors like Seneca, donations from smaller, local As the autumn fades into winter here in the heartland, we look fresh produce that goes un-harvested or unsold growers make a huge difference. Take Gary Pahl, owner of Pahl’s forward to an off-season full of brainstorming, connecting and in Minnesota alone... Market in Apple Valley, as an example. Last year, Gary learned planning for future years when we can capture even more of the 200 of the program and told us, “I never would have figured in my million pounds of abundance waiting to be picked and placed in ...a staggering number, difficult even to understand when you consider whole entire life that this network that they have established front of a hungry child, senior or working parent to enjoy. that amount would fill 5,000 semis. But what we can easily understand is that the corn, potatoes, watermelon, peppers, peas and other produce that go to waste on Minnesota farms each year would be of great value to so many families at risk of going without a meal today—if only we could find a way to make the connection. That’s where Harvest to Home, the local agricultural surplus program anchored by Second Harvest Heartland, comes in. At a time when food manufacturers are increasing efficiencies, resulting in less surplus product, and demand on food shelves is high, it’s more important than ever that hunger-relief organizations continue to forge new partnerships to connect the abundance of the heartland with the dinner tables of those When we got the call about 600,000 pounds of surplus corn, we serve. we responded immediately and Last year through Harvest to Home, we collected more than 2.3 million helped distribute more than half a million pounds to 18 food pounds of sweet corn, potatoes, watermelon and green peppers from over banks in 10 states. 40 different farms. This season, we collected more than 4.3 million pounds of sweet corn, potatoes, apples, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, watermelon, green beans, peppers, squash, tomatoes and zucchini that has already been sent out through our network of food shelf and other agency partners for Special thanks to distribution to families in need. This year, more than 60 different farms and Hunger-Free Minnesota for the processors across our state participated with donations. funding and coordination that helped make this distribution possible! 60+ FARMS 4.3 MILLION LBS 80+ TRUCKS 3,360,000 MEALS 37,300 FAMILIES 1 MONTH OF FOOD4 Fall 2012 Fall 2012 5
  4. 4. Voices of Hunger The front lines of hunger relief The volunteers behind Beyond Above the volunteers When you think of Second Harvest Heartland volunteers, you likely picture people in a warehouse Camille Cyprian: SNAP Outreach Manager to provide support for my team I need to know the policies and packing boxes and sorting food. In many cases, this is regulations. I need to be able to answer the questions they might an accurate image of our ‘traditional’ volunteers, who For many individuals struggling to put food on the table, SNAP (the have, and they need to know this information to continue to grow.” are crucial in our fight against hunger. But there are Elise Saggau is one of many less-heralded volunteers. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; formerly known as Food Camille goes on to explain, “It’s important to be ‘in the know’ about other volunteers who are just as crucial but not quite Stamps) can be just the help they need to make ends meet. So why are policy—this helps us to be a leader in our field because policy trickles as visible. Second Harvest Heartland volunteers also only 65 percent of Minnesotans who are eligible for SNAP currently down into the work that we do. It is important to be up on what’s new in because they believe in our mission of fighting answer phones, help with data entry and assist with utilizing the program? Often, the complex application process order to provide the best customer service and make the [application] hunger and helping those in need in our other administrative work. They help keep our day- prevents applicants from accessing this much-needed resource. process as seamless as possible.” community. “I feel I’m part of a large and very This is where the Second Harvest Heartland SNAP Outreach team This approach has successfully allowed Camille’s team of SNAP an extra effort for our efficient operation that is dedicated to feeding the becomes so crucial. Outreach specialists to then focus their efforts on developing hungry neighbors hungry, and that is very important to my personal value system,” said Elise. “From the beginning of Camille Cyprian, SNAP Outreach manager at Second Harvest strong relationships with people seeking help. The support Camille to-day operations humming! Elise Saggau and Jerri my work with Second Harvest, I have been made to Heartland, diligently works with her team of SNAP Outreach provides to her team is instrumental to their success, as SNAP Freier, two of our dedicated data entry specialists, feel very welcome and appreciated. While entering specialists to streamline the SNAP application process as much as specialists work hard to make connections with their clients. “When are part of a legion of behind-the-scenes volunteers data can be very tedious, I am actually seeing the possible. Camille is quick to credit her team for the success they county workers cannot get ahold of SNAP clients, they call us, whose inconspicuous work is absolutely vital to the wide reach of Second Harvest Heartland as I review have seen. Over the past year alone, the number of SNAP applicants because they know we can get [in contact with] them,” says Camille. daily operations at Second Harvest Heartland. the generosity of so many persons of many ages, the team has assisted has doubled from years previous. But credit “We have built that relationship and rapport with the clients.” cultures and walks of life who volunteer their time for this success also lies in the support, knowledge and resources In 2011, nearly 12,000 volunteers collectively With more than one in 10 of our neighbors at risk of missing a meal and talent for the sake of this mission.” Camille provides to her staff along the way. contributed time equivalent to 29 full-time employees. tonight, programs like SNAP Outreach are more important than With that many volunteers, Elise and Jerri’s work More than anything, Elise and Jerri realize the impact Since joining Second Harvest Heartland in 2011, Camille has ever. Programs like SNAP Outreach work to break down barriers entering volunteer hours into the system and they have on Second Harvest Heartland’s ability to immersed herself in SNAP regulations and policy changes. “I love to SNAP participation and connect more people with more food in managing the volunteer database is vital to making operate in the most efficient way possible. “I know information. I love to read. I love to know things,” she says. “In order their time of need. our volunteer program run so smoothly. that what I do is essential to the organization. Doing “Second Harvest Heartland is trying to get food to it as a volunteer is the equivalent of a significant those who need it and volunteers help make that financial contribution which I am not able to make possible,” said Jerri. “So, my little task of entering from my personal resources,” said Elise. and confirming data just helps make sure those We are fortunate that volunteers like Elise and volunteers are able to volunteer, are recognized for Jerri are willing to do the unrecognized and often Your Support is Needed volunteering and, hopefully, return to volunteer unglamorous jobs for the sake of our commitment more so Second Harvest Heartland can help get food Now, More Than Ever An Elegant Taste of Hunger Relief to those who need it.” to the community. They, along with our wide network of volunteers, partners and donors, are the If you’re like most families in the heartland, you’ll sit down this The Taste of the Vikings, one of our Like a lot of our volunteers, Elise and Jerri heart of Second Harvest Heartland, and we couldn’t month and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast surrounded by loved ones. premier fundraising events, is right contribute time to Second Harvest Heartland be more thankful. But the unfortunate reality is that thousands of Minnesota families around the corner! Don’t miss your will rely on their local food shelf for a simple holiday meal. With chance to personally meet players your help, we can make the holidays a little brighter for families from the current Vikings team in need. Please share what you can to help us keep our neighbors while sampling food from the Twin GIVE TO THE MAX AND DOUBLE YOUR GIFT! hunger-free this holiday season. Just a $10 contribution will allow Cities’ finest restaurants on Monday, One in 10 of your neighbors is at risk of missing a meal on any given day. But you can us to provide a meal-a-day for more than a month for a working November 19, at Nickelodeon Universe help make a direct impact on the lives of those in need on Thursday, November 15, when parent, child or senior in need. in Mall of America. One in six Minnesota children lives at risk of hunger, and this party with 15 Second Harvest Heartland participates in the fourth-annual Give to the Max Day. This one-day, statewide online fundraising event allows us to provide the meals our hungry neighbors need in the most efficient way possible. The Mosaic Company and a group of ® a purpose has been making a huge impact on hunger relief for over 20 generous individual donors are again offering more than $100,000 in combined matching years. All proceeds help benefit the Vikings Children’s Fund Summer funds—so your donation will go twice as far! Lunch Program through Second Harvest Heartland. Grab your tickets The generosity of thousands of donors on this day has helped Second Harvest Heartland continue our mission today and help kick childhood hunger! of fighting hunger for three years in a row. Last year, we were able to raise more than $390,000, which is enough to provide over 1,443,000 meals to those in need! Give to the Max Day is an incredible 24-hour display of the Visit to get your tickets now. benevolence of our state, and we hope you’ll join in the caring. Find out more about Give to the Max Day at, or log on toTo donate, use the handy attached envelopeor visit us online at to sign up to receive a reminder about Give to the Max Day. Fall 2012 7
  5. 5. Nonprofit Organization US Postage Paid Second Harvest 1140 Gervais Ave., St. Paul, MN 55109-2020 HeartlandCause and Effects SEPTEMBERS TO REMEMBERYou supported the cause. When the school year begins and children face new routinesHere is the change you’ve effected. and challenges, proper nutrition is more important than ever. Here is a snapshot of how Meals for Minds has grown during that crucial first month of school.A growing program for growing mindsThank you for helping Second Harvest Heartlandsupport Meals for Minds. Without proper nutrition, 6kids find it harder to concentrate and perform in 53,665 Meals 1,829 Servedschool. The Meals for Minds program, supportedby Target, is designed to bring food to students and 5families in need by regularly setting up temporary (10,000 meals)food shelves at schools where the need is great. Yourvolunteer efforts have helped this program growthroughout the Twin Cities. 4 33,080 Meals 1,248 Served 3 2Contact Info 14,735 Meals 455 ServedSecond Harvest HeartlandPhone: 651.484.5117 1Toll Free: 888.339.3663 4 SCHOOLS 6 SCHOOLS 2 SCHOOLSFax: 0 ® Sept. Sept. Sept. 2010 2011 2012