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Give to the Max Day: Second Harvest Heartland packs meals to celebrate day of giving

Updated: November 14, 2019 06:10 PM

It's the season of giving and all month, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has been telling viewers about causes close to the hearts of those who are part of the news organization.

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Thursday is also a day of giving, known as Give to the Max Day, which encourages people to donate to the organizations of their choice.

On Thursday, volunteers at Second Harvest Heartland in Brooklyn Park kept busy.

The 24-hour event brought about 300 volunteers to Second Harvest Heartland to pack food for families in need.

The goal for the "pack-a-thon" was to put together 60,000 meals and raise $325,000. Second Harvest Heartland said it's really special just seeing the community come together to show love and support for families who need it most.

Coordinators said one in 11 people in Minnesota don't know where their next meal is coming from or if they'll be able to eat at all. Second Harvest Heartland said it hopes the event can serve as a reminder about a big issue affecting families in our communities all year long.

"I think hunger at times is a hidden issue people think it's in certain communities. You know what, it's in every community, every city, every county, not only here in Minnesota but across the country, so the need is there," said Allison O'Toole, the CEO of Second Harvest Heartland.

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