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Trees of Hope: Second Harvest Sharing Stories of Hunger

Updated: December 13, 2019 05:25 PM

Hunger is present all around the Northland and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is raising awareness by sharing stories of people affected by it.  This is being done through its online campaign is called "Every Meal Has a Story." 

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"One thing that people don't realize is how much hunger affects a wide population," Erin Makela, Second Harvest's Marketing and Special Events Manager, said. 

Through this campaign Second Harvest is showcasing our neighbors who are dealing with this issue. 

"It can be families where mom and dad are working two full time jobs, they have three children, and just can't quite make ends meet due to healthcare or something else," Makela said. 

It may even be people you have seen before, like Second Harvest's Program Director, who's been in the position himself.  

"My wife was working and I was an intern at the time, an upaid intern, and we were just struggling to make ends meet," Dan Wilson, the program director, said.  "We were using two food shelves and literally didn't have enough food to get through the month, even though we had done all the right things."

As hard as it was to share his story, it's making a difference.

"It was really challenging  to share that, but I know there's a lot of people out there that need help," Wilson said.  "It's really grounding to be able to give back to people that are in need."  

With "Every Meal Has a Story," they're changing lives and working to end hunger. 

"If those food shelves hadn't been there, I'm not sure we would have been able to make it," Wilson said.  "It's ok to recieve help and hunger is not ok.  We need to solve that." 

You can see other stories from the campaign on the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank website.  

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