Saint Paul, MN
Valentine’s Day February 14, 2014 is the day that our first MFTH branded meals were packed.
A lot because we operate with a staff of two. While we cross over on many roles I tend to focus more heavily on the following aspects of the business: volunteer development & training, distribution partner development, logistics, inventory control, warehousing, packing procedures & processes, trucking along with sales, marketing, and grant writing. Oh yeah, and we clean our office & warehouse as well.
It is engaging and building relationships through meaningful service with our volunteers and clients. And in the variety of roles that I get to do. There is never a dull moment.
Respect. Everything that we do is steeped in respect in our meal packing and FOOD BOX programs. The meals that we pack for our neighbors are from great tasting recipes and composed of quality ingredients. We have created multiple ways for folks to engage in our meal packing events that make it easy for them to make a difference in the lives of others. We acknowledge the challenges folks face in securing food and respecting their dignity in the process as we create the list of shelf stable products, communicate, and receive their selection.
The intentional selections in our FOOD BOX program are respectfully created with the input of our neighbors to create a list of contents that can utilized to create a variety of make at home meals.
Gathering with family and friends for a variety of reasons: dinner & game night, helping with home repair projects, and serving together on mission teams. Travel and experiencing new cultures.
The legacy of my parents and grandparents. Be faithful, work hard, take care of your family, your neighbors, and your community. And my friend Pastor Mario Calderon and countless other friends that have given of their financial resources and time in service of our global neighbors.
I have enjoyed meals across the globe and it come down to something quite basic. A good bacon cheeseburger and a tasty IPA.
One that starts early with a good cup of coffee and satisfying breakfast before a nice bike ride, followed by a ½ day project of some sorts (at work packing meals or filling food boxes, a home project or one for family or friends, then enjoying a cold beer while grilling some burgers for dinner on the deck, and then sipping a nice single malt around a campfire before heading in to relax and binge watch a Netflix show. A nice full day filled with family and friends.
Hopefully as faithful, dependable, honest, hardworking, and fun.
Saint Paul, MN
As a member of Second Harvest Heartland’s community engagement team, I have the opportunity to work with community members looking to make a difference for those facing hunger. From hosting fundraisers to engaging with us via events and campaigns, our supporters greatly contribute to our mission of ending hunger together. In my role, I get to work directly with these groups to figure out how they can get involved and share with them the impact their engagement has on people right here in the Midwest.
The most exciting part of my job is getting to see the impact our supporters make on hunger through the various ways they choose to engage with our work. Every $1 donated to Second Harvest Heartland can provide 3 meals, so getting to watch our partners come together to provide tens or hundreds or thousands of meals to those we support is truly an honor. I feel grateful for the opportunity to witness so much good happening in the hunger-relief world.
Community. One of the pillars of our organization’s mission is we are all in this together. Supporting those facing hunger in Minnesota simply wouldn’t be possible without the partnerships we have – from the farmers, manufacturers and retailers who supply the food that comes through our warehouse to the donors, volunteers and advocates who lift up our mission in very hands-on ways to the network of nearly 1,000 agency partners and meal programs throughout our service area who directly support people experiencing hunger. Our organization is rooted in the knowledge that hunger can’t be solved alone, so we must work together.
Reading. I’ve loved books since the time I could hold one in my hands and now I treasure the free time I have as an adult to get lost in a story.
The people we and our partners support inspire me. The last two years have brought about so much change for so many people, and we’re seeing a lot of Minnesotans needing to access food assistance for the very first time in their lives. It can be difficult to ask for help, so I’m inspired by the folks who know what they need and turn to the hunger-relief network for help.
It’s a toss-up between two: peanut butter and cheese. I generally believe that these are two foods that have the power to take any dish to the next level. (I wouldn’t, however, recommend they be combined!)
My perfect day can take many different forms, but it must contain connection and time for myself. Connection may look like meeting a loved one for coffee or playing a card game with my husband. Time for myself often includes exercise, reading or taking a bath – and the very best day usually contains all three!
Those closest to me have described me as passionate, thoughtful and driven – characteristics that come into play every day in my role at Second Harvest Heartland.
COVID-19 & Inflation has exacerbated the effects on individuals and families dealing daily with food insecurity. At Dine4Dinners® we strive to combat hunger in partnership with organizations that provide meals for those in need of daily nourishment through dependable, reliable, and sustainable sources. Help make a difference to pay it forward.