Last week Second Harvest hosted a Public Service Hunger Action Day where we invited elected officials to tour our facility and to gain more awareness of the food insecurity that is a reality for more than 23,750 Minnesotans in north central Minnesota. There was great representation on the state, county, city, and school board levels with over forty attendees present. The attendees toured the facility and learned about the specific programs Second Harvest currently administers. Education based officials packed Kids Packs that are distributed to children in need through their school and the government focused officials packs NAPS boxes, which are federally funded commodity food boxes for low income seniors.
Support from elected officials in issues such as the Farm Bill, protecting SNAP benefits, and commodity food for low-income seniors is vital in the fight against hunger. There is a lot of work to be done in order to solve the issue of hunger, but great strides are being made.
Thank you, John Connelly Photography for capturing images of this event!
|Packing Kids Packs|
|Tom Anzelc speaks during CSFP information stop|
|Itasca County Sheriff, Vic Williams asking a questions during the tour|
|It was a packed house|
|Elementary principals, Ken Decouster and Sean Martinsen speak with Grand Rapids City Councilman Ed Zabinski|