Eleven Who Care Honorees: Babs and Laverne Wheeler

CHASKA, Minn. - When Babs and Laverne Wheeler heard about how hunger was affecting various Minnesota communities their first response was to ask, "why isn't anyone doing anything about this?". That question inspired the couple to take action and they haven't stopped since.

Babs and Laverne love to cook and entertain and 6 years ago they decided to host monthly dinner parties for friends, family, church and community members and ask that each person invited bring a food or monetary donation that would be delivered to Minnesota food shelves. After 6 years, $40,000 and 21,530 food donations have been given to more than forty different food shelves in Minnesota.

Babs & Laverne Wheeler joined KARE in studio Saturday morning to share with us one of their delicious recipes!

The Wheeler's didn't stop there. They decided that there was more that could be done and partnered with a local farmer who sold corn and offered to let the Wheeler's sort through corn rejected for sale. Every weekday during the growing season the Wheeler's and other volunteers drive to the fields and glean the corn to find what can be donated. In one year 11,238 lbs of corn were donated to 6 Minnesota food shelves.

In the summer of 2012, an apple orchard was offered to Babs and Laverne in exchange for maintaining the orchard and picking the apples. They accepted the offer and since then over 3,000 apples, worth more than $8,000 have been distributed to many food shelves in Minnesota and surrounding states.

Babs and Laverne know how easy it is to be overwhelmed by the various hardships facing the world, but they truly believe that change can happen when people come together and simply decide to something.

To learn about how you can take action in your community visit HandsOn Twin Cities.


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