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Trees of Hope: Volunteers Play a Large Role in Second Harvest

Taylor Dayton
December 12, 2017 08:17 AM

DULUTH - Volunteers play an important roll in keeping the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank running.  With 5.5 million pounds of food rescued and distributed annually, the food bank relies on the nearly 1,400 regional volunteers to help throughout the year.

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Tom Morris is one of the volunteers and he has been helping Second Harvest for over a year.

"You hear this a lot, but when you give, you actually end up receiving more than you give," Morris said. "And that's how the feeling is here."

Morris worked for the Quaker Oats Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he became familiar with the local food bank.

"Even though I didn't volunteer at the time, I became acquainted with it and thought, this is something I want to do when I retire," Morris told Eyewitness News. 

On Wednesday, Morris was working with other volunteers to repack food that was donated. Volunteers sort the food and put the items into smaller packages to be used by the food bank. 

 "Volunteers are critical to Second Harvest," Executive Director, Shaye Moris said. "Their service really replaces about six full-time positions for Second Harvest. So they really provide such a service that we couldn't do without them."

Second Harvest has 17 staff members. The rest of the work is done by volunteers.

Eyewitness News will have more stories about the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank throughout the week ahead as part of the WDIO and HOM Furniture Trees Of Hope Campaign. We will be broadcasting LIVE from the Coppertop Church on Friday, December 8 on Good Morning Northland.


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