News Tagged: Meals From The Heart
Long Island Lutheran High School (LuHi) hosted its first meal-packing event with Meals From The Heart in 2011. Since then, just about every year LuHi students, faculty, and staff, with the help of other local schools, community groups, and association congregations, packed about 300,000 meals, many of which went directly to food shelves and food pantries in Long Island.
When Deluxe realized how much impact their meal-packing event would have, they asked us to include more of their team. Of course, we said, “No problem.” When they mentioned that their teams were spread across the county, we again said, “No problem.” Then we went to work to make it happen. We hit the road after a little logistical planning (okay, a lot of logistical planning)! Four days in four cities in four states and hundreds of smiling faces later, it was a Roadshow to remember!
Say “Hi” to Joel Hansen. A native of Stillwater, Joel joined the Meals From The Heart team just a couple of months ago, and he’s already an integral member of the crew! Joel has an MSW from the University of St. Thomas with a focus on clinical practice. Before Meals From The Heart, he spent 18 years as a child and adolescent mental health therapist working with nonprofit organizations throughout the metro providing direct care to children and their families.
A lot goes into making our Meals From The Heart meal-packing events successful. For instance, before the first scoop of rice ever hits the pouch, every pouch is individually labeled with a date stamp. This necessary and critical step in the process helps food shelves manage inventory and ensures that families get only the freshest meals possible. And we count on a fantastic team of dedicated volunteer stampers who put in the hours to prepare the pouches for packing.
At Meals From The Heart, we are always on the search for energetic, passionate people who like to help their neighbors. And sometimes, they find us. That’s what happened with Teri Hanson. She saw the Meals From The Heart sign on our building and walked through the front door, asking how she could help. She jumped in with both feet as a volunteer leader at meal-packing events and filling food bags for military families. We are thrilled to have her tireless passion and a ready smile on our team.
Cheryl Schmura knows a little something about the importance of a healthy food supply.
A few years ago, she retired from CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains, and foods company and the nation’s largest producer-owned cooperative. Before that, she served as vice president and chief financial officer for Agriliance, LLC, an agronomy marketing joint venture owned by CHS and Land O’Lakes. She also spent 25 years with 3M, holding various senior finance management and business development positions.