Second Harvest Partnership
Heartland “buddies” with Second Harvest
As you may know, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified the top three health needs. They were mental health services, access to health resources and education, and adult and childhood obesity. One of the tasks from the CHNA is to increase access to healthy foods in underserved areas and food deserts in our region.
Heartland recently presented Second Harvest Community Food Bank with $65,000 to meet this need. Along with the financial assistance, Heartland is also providing volunteers to help with Second Harvest initiatives such as regional food distribution, Backpack Buddies and Fresh Start, Second Harvest’s on-site grocery store which provides fresh produce to customers in need.
Caregivers recently answered the organization-wide call to volunteer in preparing Backpack Buddies for students in need. Heartland caregivers prepared nearly 1,000 packages for area children!
Heartland caregivers volunteered at Second Harvest Community Food Bank on Friday, March 14. More than 1,000 Backpack Buddies food packages were prepared for area children.