The faces of hunger are everywhere. A friend, a senior citizen, a co-worker, a child, even a college student: hunger can be found where you least expect it. In Minnesota, hunger affects one in every ten households. Oftentimes, working families who have to choose between paying for housing and buying food. Second Harvest Heartland strives to end this unnecessary struggle every day.
As one of the largest food banks in the nation, Second Harvest Heartland feeds approximately 532,000 people across Minnesota and western Wisconsin each year. In 2015 alone, Second Harvest delivered 77 million meals, ensuring that families who struggle to put food on the table, have enough to eat. In addition, Second Harvest provides healthy food options by collecting unused produce from local farmers and growers. Last year, 53% of the distributed food was fresh.
Many of these meals are made possible because of the funds raised at Second Harvest’s annual gala, Dish: Cuisine for Change. This event includes a silent auction, cocktail hour, program with entertainment and live auction. During the cocktail hour, more than twenty local chefs prepare tasting plates for guests, a definite highlight of the evening. This past April, Dish: Cuisine for Change raised more than $700,000 for Second Harvest Heartland!
Auction Harmony and Second Harvest have partnered on Dish: Cuisine for Change since 2009. It has been a privilege to work alongside such passionate and hard working people over the past eight years. We have been inspired by their dedication and are so happy to be able to participate in the fight against hunger in our community each year.
If you want to help win the fight against hunger, donate at: http://www.2harvest.org/. You can also make a difference by attending Dish: Cuisine for Change on Thursday, May 4th, 2017. Remember, it only takes $1 to provide 3 meals for a person in need!