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Thanks to the many organizations and faith communities who stepped up to help ease a dire situation half a world away with nearly a quarter million meals! While our focus at Meals From The Heart will always be serving our local communities and neighbors, we won’t hesitate to assist wherever the need may be – even if those neighbors are halfway across the world.
Local Stillwater area businesses gathered at our facility for the Third Annual “Let’s Give Hunger the Business” B2B Meal Packing Challenge event the first week of May this year. And it was AWESOME! In just two days, 29 different groups packed over 54,000 meals. And boy-oh-boy was it fun.
At the heart of what makes Meals From The Heart a truly unique and incredible organization are the hearts that keep the good work flowing. And you’d be hard-pressed to find bigger hearts than the ones beating inside Wayne and Ken. Ken Hanson and Wayne Pepin have been volunteering with Meals From The Heart almost from day one. From coaching meal-packing teams and lugging 50-pound bags of rice to loading trucks and delivering bags of food throughout the community, their busy hands are matched only by their massive hearts and warm smiles.
When you learn more about WHY these guys volunteer, you’ll know a lot more about who these guys are! READ ON!
This Year Marked Out 10th Anniversary Of Packing Meals With The Long Island Lutheran Middle and High Schools!
Wow! It’s hard to believe, we’ve been packing for a decade with our friends from the Long Island Lutheran Middle and High Schools (LuHi). This past October marked the tenth year when over 800 volunteers, including the entire student body, faculty, and staff, packed over 197,000 meals that were delivered to Island Harvest and local pantries. These meals helped individuals and families on Long Island struggling with food insecurity as we all continue to navigate this pandemic.
Meals From The Heart Teams Up With Beyond The Yellow Ribbon And Building Healthy Military Communities To Provide 1,000 Holiday Food Boxes To Military Families Throughout Minnesota.
This holiday season Meals From The Heart is working with two great military organizations to help ensure that military and their families can enjoy traditional holiday meals at home. With a slight modification to the Meals From The Heart FOOD BOX program, volunteers are filling over 1,100 grocery bags loaded with traditional holiday and seasonal food items to distribute to military families for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
As prices increase at the grocery stores, many families, including our military families, have a difficult time stretching their food budget to last until their next paycheck. A report presented by the Senate Appropriations Committee last month reveals that one in eight military families were food insecure prior to the pandemic and this number has now grown to one in five.