People often thank us for the good work we do. We appreciate the words of support, but we also recognize that we do not do this work alone! We sincerely appreciate the many community partners who help us leverage our resources to do more than we could possibly do in isolation. Positive change happens through collaboration!
First, our 150 partner food shelves and meal programs. Their vision for cooperative sourcing, storage, and distribution of food inspired our origin. More than forty years later we are still working hand-in-hand to make the most of every dollar to nourish people and strengthen our community.
We also team up with other non-profit agencies and food co-operatives working for food justice and systems change. Two examples: I recently took part in a panel conversation about solutions to food equity and access barriers on a local scale, sponsored by The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op. And Lakewinds Co-op worked with us to create the Farm to Food Bank project to get kid-friendly vegetables to food shelves and support local organic farmers, such as our own Big River Farms and our partner farmers. Plus, we collaborate closely with the 38 host sites of our Fare For All program. The synergy and creativity of folks who care about fair access to good nutrition is inspiring.
Dozens of local corporations and employers partner with us in invaluable ways. They host food and cash drives, recruit volunteers, support employee giving (and often match the dollars), provide grants and sponsorships for Hunger Bash through their charitable giving programs and foundations. All of this support keeps our operations running smoothly, efficiently and economically!
We are fortunate to again have media support from KSTP-TV for the Summer Harvest for Kids, scheduled for May 30 this year. They do an awesome job of inspiring support from hundreds of individual donors each year to address childhood hunger during the summer vacation.
Rounding out the list is all of the individuals and organizations who are generous donors dedicated to eliminating hunger in our community every day. Every gift, from $10 to $10,000, has an impact by providing nutritious food to hungry neighbors and helping to create a more just food system. Thank you for sharing what you have to offer health and hope to others, and for bringing about positive change by partnering with The Food Group!