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Friday, December 17, 2010
In addition to their monetary gifts, many of the members give of their time. On December 16th, seven members of the club were involved in the preparation of 1,800 gift bags which will soon be filled with toys and distributed to families. A large group of car club members will also volunteer at the Food Bank on December 19th to help fill over 1,700 boxes of food for area families.
The Itasca Vintage Car Club meets at the Harris Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. every 3rd Tuesday of the month from October through May, and invited you to join them. For further information, please contact Club President, Jerry Latola at 326-5910 or Vice-President, Tom Carpenter at 218-363-2516.
Monday, December 13, 2010
|Students re-packing pasta and brown sugar|
|Students re-packing pasta|
Friday, December 10, 2010
Fresh produce is one of the most costly and difficult food items to obtain for those in need, and also tends to be a crucial component of culturally-relevant food. More than ever, it’s vital that we and other hunger relief organizations work toward better solutions to providing access to these foods.
In total, the $100,000 grant will provide more than 670,000 pounds of fresh produce—from carrots and cantaloupe to peppers and potatoes—to help fill dinner tables for families across the state!
On behalf of those we serve, sincere thanks to Open Your Heart for making such an important gift possible.
Monday, December 6, 2010
|2010 Itasca Holiday Program Food Box|
|Preschool Teachers from left to right: Kristi Cook – St. Joseph’s Preschool, Nancy O’Toole – Ready Set Grow, Cindy Eckert – First Lutheran Preschool, Kristi Erdman – St. Andrew’s Preschool, Laura Bundy – Our Redeemer Little Lambs Preschool, Holli Olson – Miss Mary’s Young Fives, Kelly Olsen – St. Andrew’s Preschool |
Not Pictured: Mary Hanson – Miss Mary’s Young Fives, Colleen Casey – St. Andrew’s Preschool, Krystine Jurvalin, Jessica Dixon, and Donna Derby - Our Redeemer Little Lambs Preschool.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Give to the Max Day 2010 was an amazing experience. Thank you to all who donated what you could. Because of you we raised enough money to provide 65 Kids Packs, 70 holiday food boxes and 85,690 meals to hungry men, women, and children in our community. For more information click here.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
You can also help Second Harvest North Central Food Bank win one of two grand prizes! A $20,000 and $10,000 prize grant will be awarded to the top two nonprofits in Greater Minnesota that attract the largest number of individual donors on Give to the Max Day 2010. Will you give?
For more information contact email@example.com or visit our GiveMN website by clicking here.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Pictured left to right are: Volunteer Tyre Harris, Jephthah Chapter No 176 Order of the Eastern Star member Betty Jones, Program Manager Ellen Christmas, Volunteers Noreen Hantala and Dorothy Fairbanks.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank is part of a national movement to raise awareness and take action to fight hunger in America.
Today, September 1st, kicks off Hunger Action Month 2010. Throughout the month, Feeding America’s nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, including Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, is working to engage citizens to take action through the 30 Ways in 30 Days campaign. Individuals are asked to pledge their “way” to make a difference, and take part in the fight against hunger in America. There are five ways you can join us: Advocate, Organize, Experience, Donate, and Volunteer. Visit our website: www.secondharvestncfb.com, choose your way, and take action now!
Nationwide, more than 49 million Americans suffer from food insecurity. But hunger’s impact is felt by many more than the millions living with food insecurity: hunger impacts child development, health and wellness, education, workforce development – our general welfare as a nation. It is also an issue right here in our community – and at the local level, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank works to combat hunger and aid the hungry living right here in North Central Minnesota. Throughout September, there will be opportunities to get involved. These opportunities will range from social media initiatives to events, family activity suggestions, and ways to volunteer or support the work Second Harvest North Central Food Bank does every day. To see our 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar visit our website: www.secondharvestncfb.com and click on the calendar tab across the top.
National sponsors of Hunger Action Month include Kraft Foods, Macy’s, The Cheesecake Factory, United Airlines and Snickers. Individuals who want to learn more, find a 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar, or take a My Way Pledge can visit Second Harvest’s website at http://www.secondharvestncfb.com/. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Pictured here you can see staff tending to the donated plants.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Pictured above are Executive Director, Sue Estee of Second Harvest and AVP/Market Manager, Roger Mischke of Deerwood Bank.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Requests for food assistance by people in the Grand Rapids area are up 5% over last year. Although not the double digit increases we were seeing at this time last year, the need for food for people in crisis continues to grow. Signs of economic recovery are not appearing for unemployed and low income workers.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Today, 20 students and 2 adults worked at Second Harvest in conjunction with the annual Greenway Day of Caring. The students packed Kids Packs Backpack bags, labeled hundreds of cans of corn and repackaged many bags of macaroni. Thanks so much to the Greenway High School students for caring about their community and helping end hunger!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thanks to the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Grand Rapids Post Office, more than 5,500 pounds of food was collected on Saturday, May 8th. The food will go directly to the Grand Rapids Food Shelf and help local people who come for food assistance.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
The National Association of Letter Carriers will be collecting nonperishable food items on Saturday, May 8th along their routes for Second Harvest North Central Food Bank /Grand Rapids Food Shelf. It is the eighteenth annual “Stamp Out Hunger” drive conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers – the largest one day food drive in the nation. Non-perishable food donations can be placed by your mailbox and a carrier will pick them up for delivery to the food bank. The carriers extra effort each May helps our community and makes it very easy for individuals to donate. Last year the Grand Rapids postal carriers delivered over 8,000 pounds of donated food to the Grand Rapids Food Shelf which was distributed locally to people seeking assistance. Hunger is a very real issue in Minnesota communities. In March of 2010, 753 households needed to use the Grand Rapids Food Shelf to put food on the table. Food Shelf use has doubled from 2005 to 2009 and 40% of food shelf clients are children. Through the generosity of postal customers and the commitment of local letter carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive will again help stock the shelves and help feed families in need. For more information, call the Food Shelf at 326-4420
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Thanks to more than 500 people every year who give their time to Second Harvest and help us feed the hungry in our area. Over 11,500 hours were logged by volunteers at the food bank in 2009. Volunteers pack over 2,000 commodity boxes every month and help hundreds of families in the Grand Rapids Food Shelf.
Thanks to a very caring community!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Grand Casino Mille Lacs , along with donations from their Guests and Associates, donated a total of $7,083.50 to Second Harvest North Central Food Bank. That translates into more than 35,000 meals and more than 5,000 pounds of food for hungry local families.
The donation was the result of the “Add a Quarter to your Order” promotion, in which Guests could donate a quarter to their food order at any food venue at either casino.
“We appreciate the compassionate support shown by our Guests and Associates to make this donation to local food shelves possible,” said Michael Garrow, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. “Grand Casinos is proud to match the contributions made by our Guests and Associates and glad that we could help increase awareness about the needs of local food shelves as they feed hungry families in Minnesota.
During the check presentation, Sue Estee, Executive Director for Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, reiterated the fact that the demand for food is higher than it has been in recent years. “The donation that we receive today from Grand Casino Mille Lacs will go to purchase food to help the member agencies in Aitkin, Brainerd, Garrison, Onamia, and Isle. We appreciate the dedication Grand Casino has shown, along with its Guests and Associates, to hunger relief.”
Friday, March 26, 2010
Every spring the local scout packs and troops participate in the “Scouting for Food” service project. The local scouts will collect food door to door on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 9 am until 12 noon. The scouts dropped off plastic bags and fliers at most local in-town residents doors this week in hopes of residents being able to donate some non-perishable goods to the food drive. All proceeds of the local drive will go directly to the Grand Rapids Food Shelf located at the Second Harvest Food bank.
Please set out donations on Saturday morning by 9 am so the scouts can pick them up. There are also drop boxes at local churches and businesses in case your pick-up gets missed. Donations can be dropped at the Medicine Shoppe, Ogle’s Market Place Foods, Zion Lutheran Church, St. Andrew’s Church and St. Joe’s.
Please help with this worthy cause if you are able!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Please join St. Joseph’s Church and the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, March 13th from 6-7pm for a Corned Beef Dinner to benefit the Grand Rapids Food Shelf. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $4 for children under 12 and available at the door.
St Joseph’s Church is located at 315 SW 21st St in Grand Rapids. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus and St Joe’s for their support of Second Harvest and the Grand Rapids Food Shelf.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
In 2009, there were more than 30,000 individual trips made to area food shelves surrounding the communities near Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley. In response, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley are joining forces to fight hunger in their surrounding communities through the “Add a Quarter to Your Order” promotion.
The concept is simple. The “Add a Quarter to Your Order” promotion kicks off Monday, February 22. When you dine at Grand Casino Mille Lacs or Grand Casino Hinckley from February 22 until March 28, you will have the option of adding a quarter to your food order. All proceeds will benefit Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, which serves area food shelves around Grand Casino Mille Lacs, and Family Pathways shelters in Hinckley and Sandstone, which serve the communities surrounding Grand Casino Hinckley.
At the end of the promotion, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley will match the donations raised at each respective property up to $5,000.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
All donations made to Second Harvest and the Grand Rapids Food Shelf from March 1st to April 30 will qualify for the challenge allocation. The more we raise, the more we will receive from the Feinstein Challenge.
Mr. Feinstein says "Please give whatever you can - I will gladly add some of my money to yours. Thank you for sharing my heart, and the hope that someday, no one will ever go hungry."
To participate in the Feinstein Challenge call Second Harvest, 218.326.4420 or online at our website www.secondharvestncfb.com
Thanks for your support!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Fourth graders from Southwest Elementary School in Grand Rapids made Golden Autumn Soup at the food bank on Tuesday. Plant to Plate coordinator Linda Russell, with support from University of Minnesota Extension NEA Gail Pollard and volunteers, took the students through the steps to make soup; cutting vegetables, measuring ingredients and adding food to the pot. While the soup cooked, the students made “bread in a bag” and baked it in the food bank’s oven.
Most of the students enjoyed the squash soup, many came back for seconds, thirds and even fourths! The project was an extension of the Plant to Plate garden project. Just like the garden this year, soup making was delayed. Most years, students make soup from the Plant to Plate garden after harvest. That didn’t work out this year, but soup in January is very good too.
Thanks to Linda and Gail and everyone who helped the students make and taste a new soup.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Lake Country Power once again supports Second Harvest North Central Food Bank’s Itasca Holiday Program through a $3,500 grant from Operation Round Up. Many thanks to the members of Lake Country Power who help “Feed the Need.”
Sue and Rick accept the check from Operation Round Up
Monday, January 4, 2010
Second Harvest distributes over 3.6 million pounds of food in 2009 – thanks to generous community support
Thanks to many generous donors, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank was able to “Feed the Need” in 2009. The food bank distributed over 3.6 million pounds of food in 2009 – a new record!
· Donor support enables Second Harvest Food Bank to implement innovative programs like the Grand Rapids Food Shelf, Itasca Holiday Program and Kids Packs to Go Backpack Program. We are able to store and transport wholesome, nutritious food quickly, and advocate for public policies that benefit America’s hungry.
· Second Harvest Food Bank depends on the contributions of its financial donors to secure and distribute food to hungry people in north central Minnesota.
· Just one dollar enables Second Harvest North Central Food Bank to provide up to 5 meals for people in need.
· Second Harvest takes pride in our commitment to keeping administrative costs low.
· That’s why for every dollar we raise, a full 94% goes directly to the programs we support.
· Second Harvest has earned the Charities Review Council approval.
· Together, we can provide hope to hungry Americans.