Prior to the start of the 2015 Farmers Market season, Terry and I had decided to up our game on our community giving. We believe that there is no excuse for people to go hungry in this world, and especially not children. Over the years, we gravitated toward supporting Second Harvest Heartland; the primary food shelf in the Twin Cities. Sure, when we shopped for groceries at the local supermarket, we always rounded up at the register so that the extra change could go to charity. We've even purchased bags of food for the needy outright, and then placed them in the collection area for later distribution. Still, we thought that there was more that we could do.
Starting with the first Midtown Farmers Market at the beginning of May, We have made the commitment to give 100% of all tip monies and contributions directly to Second Harvest. Each market day until the last event in October, we will be collecting to assist Second Harvest in feeding our hungry neighbors in the community. We have also published our collection results weekly on our Facebook page and on the Midtown Farmers Market Facebook page, in order to lend true transparency to our efforts. Once a month, we plan to submit the monthly total as a check delivered directly to Second Harvest.
The great thing about this wonderful organization, is that through their extensive contacts, they can leverage $1 into 3 complete meals, or $8 in buying power for bagged groceries. We think that is phenomenal! Their dedication toward serving the hungry people in our community makes it very easy for us to honor their efforts with our support.
This past Tuesday, Terry and I gave our first official donation check to Second Harvest Heartland. We met up with Julie who was happy to share a photo-op with us as we presented her with our grand total collected for the month of May - $135. While this amount may be considered trivial by some, it is very much appreciated by Second Harvest. While they will accept actual food and supply donations, cash works the best since they are able to do more with it. As a result of the liberality of our Farmers Market patrons, 405 meals will be provided to needy folks in the Twin Cities area.
To our generous fans, Terry and I say THANK YOU so much for your contributions, and for your giving hearts. We will be continuing this effort throughout the entire Market season. If you are so led, we ask that you please help us with our initiative to make even more meals available in the coming months!
We are humbled to be a small part of giving back to our communities, and assisting our less fortunate neighbors. It's just the right thing to do.
Blessings to you all!