While one-time food and grocery donations are important to people in need, the question still remains: how can we ensure that same person isn’t in need again tomorrow, or in a month?
Second Harvest Heartland addresses this question by working to provide long-term hunger relief to the community. As a member of Feeding America, and the Upper Midwest’s biggest hunger-relief organization, Second Harvest Heartland continuously accepts donations of dry, refrigerated, and frozen food and stores them in 90,000+ square feet of space. From there, the organization's fleet of trucks delivers the donations to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other community centers. But food distribution is only part of Second Harvest Heartland's mission.
The organization runs programs and initiatives such as Food Rescue, which prevents millions of pounds of food from going unused. Professional drivers head to local grocers to collect food that would otherwise be thrown away—including fresh produce, dairy, and meat—and distributes them to soup kitchens and other partners in Second Harvest Heartland’s 59-county service area. Other programs help educate members of the community, empowering them to get involved in the fight to end hunger.
The end goal of each season at Girls on the Run Twin Cities is a 5K race, but the journey to that destination is filled with milestones. The organization pairs girls in grades 3 through 5 with volunteer coaches, who use distance running as a means of imparting positive values, healthy lifestyles, and respect for self and others. Up to 15 girls train at each site in the spring and fall, meeting their coaches after school for up to 12 weeks. Before the day's workout, participants and coaches discuss a different topic relevant to young women, such as body image, women in the media, and bullying. The topic is then incorporated into the workout, which begins with warm-ups and an activity. Each girl then runs a set distance at her own pace, building up to 3.1 miles by the end of the season.
Girls on the Run Twin Cities admits any girl who wants to participate. The organization relies on donations from individuals and corporate sponsors to purchase running shoes and attire for participants unable to afford the program fee.
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As part of its mission to improve lung health and prevent lung disease, the American Lung Association in Minnesota educates children, parents, and school personnel about how to manage asthma, a prevalent yet often misunderstood disease.
Through its outdoor summer camp—Camp Superkids—the organization helps children with asthma experience fun outdoor activities in a safe environment and teaches them more about managing their chronic illness. To date, Camp Superkids has provided life-saving asthma education to more than 6,000 Minnesota children.
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