During March, The Food Shelf at Second Harvest participated in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign by collecting donations of money and food. This collection will support local efforts to help feed people in need and reduce hunger in the local community. Many congregations, businesses, schools, service clubs and individuals participated in the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, helping Second Harvest to raise an amazing $65,438 dollars and 4,473 pounds of food.
It is because of those who gave that people like Jim, a 34-year-old husband and father of four daughters ages 2, 4, 4 and 6 has the food he needs to help them grow healthy and strong. Jim and his wife both work. Jim works out of town, so one of the reasons they come to the Food Shelf at Second Harvest is because they have very high daycare costs. Because of high daycare costs, they often have to choose between paying a bill and buying food. By receiving food at the food shelf Jim and his family are able to eat and pay for other basic needs like rent and heat. “It has been a major help to keep our family healthy and have the variety of foods we can’t afford at the grocery store. It is a good resource – to know that we can come here when we need to,” said Jim.
“We can’t thank our community enough,” said Susan Estee, Executive Director, SecondHarvest North Central Food Bank. “Hunger knows no season. Because of outstanding support from the community we are able to provide food to hungry men, women and children when they need it most.”
The Food Shelf at Second Harvest distributes food to over 898 households every month, nearly 2,800 individuals, of which over 1,000 are children. In 2018, the Food Shelf at Second Harvest distributed over 761,000 pounds – that is 634,166 – meals to people in need from Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.