As this brutal winter continues to drain the resources of many struggling families, food banks like Second Harvest Heartland West in Golden Valley are more necessary than ever.
According to Laurel Fedemma, Second Harvest Heartland's Chief Engagement Officer, "we know that the need continues to be high. 1 in 10 Minnesotans is at risk of going hungry on any given day - that's 600,000 people In Minnesota."
Second Harvest Heartland is the Upper Midwest's largest hunger relief organization. According to Second Harvest Heartland, the food bank collected and distributed 83 million pounds of food last year, which was enough to provide more than 65 million meals to needy families across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The food bank's location in Golden Valley is well-stacked with packaged food items from Target, Walmart, and Cub Foods, to name a few. The organization has established relationships with local farms that provide the food bank with fresh fruits and vegetables.
This is where volunteers come in. Food donors include manufacturers, grocery stores, food drives, and government programs, which means the food arrives in bulk.
"We have volunteers come in and help divide and distribute the food into family-sized portions in a safe and clean manner. Food safety is really important to us," said Fedemma.
According to Second Harvest Heartland, last year, 27,832 volunteers donated their time to the food bank.
If you wish to join KARE 11 for "Serving with Sunrise," come out to the Second Harvest Heartland West location on Tuesday, February 11th. It is located at 6325 Sandburg Rd., #1700 in Golden Valley.
KARE 11 will be there from 9am-Noon. .
If you wish to volunteer, please click here to pre-register.