This experience taught them that hunger is much more widespread than usually thought - 1 in 10 households in Minnesota is affected by food insecurity.

By: Kaitlyn Peters, CCI Greenheart Work and Travel Employer Services Coordinator

In late July, CCI Greenheart’s Work and Travel participants working at Target Field Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota attended a Going Greenheart Tour volunteer project with Second Harvest Heartland. Second Harvest Heartland works to fight hunger in the greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin areas. The organization receives bulk donations of staple foods from farmers, manufacturers, and food drives, so volunteers are vital in getting the food to the community. Volunteers are responsible for repackaging the donations into family-sized portions, then, the portions are transported to over 1,000 local soup kitchens, food banks, and shelters. Without volunteer efforts, soup kitchens and food banks would not have enough food to distribute to their communities. On average, Second Harvest Heartland and volunteer groups distribute over 77 million meals annually.

On the menu for the Going Greenheart Tour event was rice, sweet potatoes, and cabbage. Rice arrived in 2,000-pound sacks and participants worked together to scoop, funnel, and weigh the rice into one-pound portions. Cabbage and sweet potatoes were both weighed and packed into 40-pound bags.

Together, participants from Ghana, Thailand, Jamaica, and China assembled almost 10,000 meals for families in need- that’s over 15,000 pounds of food sorted in just 3 hours! This experience taught them that hunger is much more widespread than usually thought – 1 in 10 households in Minnesota is affected by food insecurity.  It was a valuable experience that demonstrated how only a few hours of donated time can make such an impact in the local community.

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