Monday, September 28, 2009

Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast for Hunger Action Month

On Saturday, September 19th, over 125 people took action against hunger by eating pancakes at Applebee’s in Grand Rapids.  More than $1050 was raised at the event.  Thanks to all the volunteers who cooked, served, waited tables, or cleaned up.  Thanks also to Applebee’s for the opportunity to raise much needed funds to fight hunger.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Retired Educators Take Action Against Hunger

Retired Educators from Itasca County packed 624 commodity food boxes on September15th at Second Harvest.  This lively group is the third of the three that pack most of the 2,000 plus commodity food boxes distributed by Second Harvest every month.  There is a friendly competition between the groups and they  work hard to make the goal each month.

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Thanks to all our dedicated volunteers for taking part in Hunger Action Month and every other month of the year.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Don Messick Receives 2009 Hunger Action Award

Don Messick from Lakes Area Food Shelf in Nisswa/Pequot Lakes is the 2009 Hunger Action Award recipient.  Don began working with Lakes Area Food Shelf in 1991.  Since that time the food shelf has moved and grown under his dedicated leadership.  Don’s career was in the grocery business and he transferred his skills to feeding hungry people in his retirement.  Now age 89, Don continues as the key volunteer at Lakes Area Food Shelf.   Congratulations and thanks to Donald Messick, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank Hunger Action Award Winner 2009.

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Don Messick, 2009 Hunger Action Award winner with Lakes Area Food Shelf Board President Lou Timmerman and Second Harvest Operations Manager Justin Linnell.  The award was given at the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank’s annual food shelf conference at the Blandin Foundation on September 11, 2009.  The event was held in conjunction with Hunger Action Month.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Alliance Church Takes Hunger Action

Members of Grand Rapids Alliance Church participated in Hunger Action Month by packing 480 commodity food boxes (10 pallets) on Thursday, Sept 10th, to be distributed to seniors and children in the region next month.  Alliance is one of the groups that meet here monthly for fellowship and volunteerism.  Thanks to groups like Alliance, Second Harvest is able to distribute over 2,000 Commodity Supplemental Food Program boxes every month of the year.   September HAM 09 004  September HAM 09 002

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Thanks Alliance for your doing your part in Hunger Action Month!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Zion Men take Action Against Hunger

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Hunger Action at Second Harvest

The men of Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids worked hard on Tuesday, Sept. 8th packing 720 boxes (15 pallets) of commodity food for area seniors and children. This group of men meet at Second Harvest once a month for fellowship and service to the community. They don't need a special month for hunger action!
Stay tuned to see how many boxes the Retired Educators and Alliance Church produce next week!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September is Hunger Action Month!

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, in conjunction with Feeding America, announces the second annual Hunger Action Month, a nationwide call-to-action effort to mobilize people everywhere to get involved with ending hunger in America.


One in eight Americans struggles with hunger. That’s why Feeding America and Second Harvest North Central Food Bank are asking everyone to take action during Hunger Action Month and Give a Little, Feed a Lot.

Throughout September, join millions of other Americans in giving a little of yourself …money, time, voice … whatever you can … to feed the hungry in your community.

The goal of Hunger Action Month is to mobilize the public to help feed the people in need, right here in our own community, who don’t have the resources to provide for themselves. This September is our opportunity to create a movement that has a real and lasting impact on our efforts to help our neighbors. Very high unemployment, cuts in work hours and increasing poverty are causing more and more people to turn to Second Harvest and our network of partner agencies for hunger relief. We need help now, more than ever.

The smallest gift can make a big difference to those in need. Each dollar donated to Second Harvest Food Bank provides up to five meals for someone in our community living at risk of hunger. A five dollar donation provides at least 15 meals. Second Harvest can make a little money feed a lot of people.

Participants in Give a Little, Feed a Lot can commit to volunteer, advocate, organize a food drive, or donate to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Local events to coincide with Hunger Action Month include:

· Donate your lunch promotion: Donate what you normally spend on lunch for a day, a week or a month, whatever you can. We will make sure it feeds a lot.

· Pampered Chef demonstration and fundraiser on September 16th at Second Harvest from 2 to 4pm

· Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast September 19th, Grand Rapids Applebee’s 8-10am

· Bloomer’s Garden Center Scare Away Hunger Make a Scarecrow event Sept. 25 and 26th

· The Grand Rapids/Itasca Crop Walk is scheduled for October 4th.

· All events are designed to raise funds and awareness of hunger issues and the important role Second Harvest has in hunger relief in the area. For more information on Hunger Action Month or any of the events, contact Second Harvest at 326.4420.