Second Harvest Heartland Goes Big for MLK Day

Updated: 01/20/2014 6:46 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 5:20 PM
By: Steve Patterson

With their hairnets in place, hands washed and rubber gloves on, a group of 100 plus volunteers were ready to go.

Parents and kids alike attended the "Bring Your Child to Serve Day" at Second Harvest Heartland, a food distribution center doing big work in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. 

Last year alone they distributed enough food through their partner agencies to deliver 65 million meals. With numbers like that, they work all year round, but once a year they work in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. 

John Bryant of the Boys and Girls Club was glad to round up 12 kids to take part in the day, saying "It's kids coming together, working as a group and they love doing this."

Once at the food bank, the volunteers divided into groups. Some scooped rice into bags, while others sealed the bags and packed them into boxes. 

Despite the process being simple, the perspective was profound. Just ask young Tommy Watts who said, "I felt lucky because a lot of people are starving and I'm one of those people that aren't so that's why I'm lucky."

At the end of the day, a total of about 475 volunteers participated, helping to fill more than 25,000 one pound bags of rice. 

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