MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded a $50,000 grant to Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest hunger relief organizations. The grant will fund the purchase of a trailer to help deliver healthy food to more than 177,000 children the nonprofit serves annually.
The grant is part of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, which is made possible each year by a $1 million contribution courtesy of the NFL Foundation and is complemented by the Super Bowl Host Committee. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, the MNSBHC has launched a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
Second Harvest Heartland maintains a fleet of trucks to distribute both fresh and nonperishable food products quickly and safely to partner agencies. And the need for its services is increasing – in 2016, the organization delivered more than 80 million meals, and in 2017 the nonprofit helped provide a record 81 million meals to more than half a million people. With the $50,000 grant, Second Harvest Heartland will purchase an additional trailer which will be used to distribute food to food pantries, meal programs and partner schools to help more children have access to the food they require to lead healthy lives.
“1 in 6 Minnesota children are food insecure, and it can be incredibly challenging for their caregivers to put healthy food on the table, due to its relatively high costs, and produce requires fast distribution to ensure it gets to our hungry neighbors before it expires,” said Rob Zeaske, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland. “We’re thankful for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund’s generous grant because it will help us reach more children across Minnesota.”
Representatives of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund, Second Harvest Heartland staff and community youth and adults gathered today to celebrate the grant at a special dedication event. The event included a brief program followed by a hands-on activity where children and adults packed over 500 kids snack pack kits of easy-to-make healthy food items including fruit, macaroni and cheese, tuna and ravioli. The kits will be distributed to Second Harvest Heartland partner agencies, including food shelves.
“Second Harvest Heartland is a critical link in the emergency food chain that provides children access to healthy foods,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships, MNSBHC. “Their work is essential to improving the health and wellness of youth in Minnesota, and beyond – the exact goals of our 52 Weeks of Giving campaign. We’re delighted to support Second Harvest Heartland in its mission to advocate, educate and provide foods that nourish young people in need and help them lead healthier lives.”
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is a private, non-profit corporation formed to plan and execute Super Bowl LII. For more information visit www.mnsuperbowl.com and follow @mnsuperbowl2018 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
About the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund is a 501©3, community advised fund of the Minnesota Community Foundation. Working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) and based on the recommendations of SHIP’s community health boards, the Legacy Fund is providing 52 grants to 52 community projects across our state over the 52 weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII. The work of the Legacy Fund is made possible by Minnesota’s philanthropic community, including foundations, corporations, and individual donors who share our passion for improving the health and wellness of kids from every corner of our state. Its goal is to build awareness of, and invest in solutions for, a healthier generation of Minnesota kids across the state. Through its grant making and awareness initiatives, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee's Legacy Fund will leverage this single event into a lifetime of good health for the next generation of Minnesotans. For more information on the MNSBHC’s Legacy Fund, including an introductory video, please visit www.mnsuperbowl.com/legacy.
About The NFL Foundation The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.
About Second Harvest Heartland Second Harvest Heartland is one of the largest, most efficient and most innovative hunger relief organizations in the nation. In close partnership with nearly 1,000 food shelves, food pantries and other meal programs, Second Harvest Heartland helps the one in ten people in Minnesota and western Wisconsin who face hunger every day. On average, 74 percent of food our partner agencies distribute comes from Second Harvest Heartland. In 2017, Second Harvest Heartland helped provide a record 81 million meals to more than a half million people. We will continue to leverage our unique position in the emergency food chain to advocate, educate and provide food until everyone in our service area has what they need to thrive. For more information, visit 2harvest.org or call 651-484-5117.