Open Your Heart is proud to highlight our grantee partner, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank (SHNLFB). Thanks to our generous supporters, Open Your Heart recently granted SHNLFB with funding toward a new reach in cooler/freezer as a key component of their new facility and one of their largest programs in their on-site Food Shelf.
SHNLFB was founded with a compassionate and bold vision to create a hunger-free NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin. During the early 80s their region’s iron mining industry was hit hard by the recession. With thousands of miners out of work and needing assistance, their food bank (formerly known as the Arrowhead Food Bank) was started in Gilbert, MN. Operating out of a small facility with few staff and volunteers, they coordinated food from a group of compassionate Minnesota donors who wanted to feed miners and their families. In 1986, they partnered with Feeding America™ (formerly Second Harvest) and expanded their reach to serve even more people struggling with hunger in NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin.
Today, through the compassion and commitment of their donors, volunteers, agency partners, board and staff, SHNLFB takes a strategic approach to feeding the hungry of NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin. Each year they distribute over 7 million pounds of food, or enough food for 5.6 million meals, which feed approximately 44,000 of their Northland neighbors in need. Their distribution occurs through a network of effective regional agency partners and through their own direct service programs including their: Food Shelf, Mobile Food Pantry, Nutrition for Seniors (CSFP) and BackPack Program.
Thank you, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, for everything you do!