At Second Harvest Heartland we took the Northwest Passage High School bus down to Minneapolis and arrived at a warehouse building where we got off the bus and went inside and was welcomed by the workers and had a quick talk about what we were going to do. They had gotten a donation of 30,000 pounds of potatoes and needed us to sort potatoes from good or bad. These potatoes were going to be sent out and given to local food shelves to be given out to families. After the talk with the first man we were handed off to the second man who walked us to the back of the warehouse where we met Gary, the man who was going to watch over our work. He taught us what we were looking for in the potatoes. What they looked like good and bad. Then were separated and went off to our own boxes with groups and started to work. Most of the potatoes were okay and what they called 'good'. And what were bad. Honestly I wouldn't have ate any of them, not that they were bad on the inside. They just looked gross on the outside. Groups quickly finished working on one box and started their second. For the hours we were there we it was long and tiring. All the standing and throwing and bending and reaching was some work but it was nice and I feel good about doing it and helping the families in need.
A few hunger facts..
"1 in 8 Minnesota children lives at risk of hunger."
"Hungry Minnesota families miss 100 million meals each year."
"9.5% of households in Minnesota are food insecure and will struggle to find enough food this week. This equates to 1 in 10 households, many with children."