Trees of Hope: Food Shelf Impact

Amy Adamle
Updated: December 04, 2018 09:34 AM

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's impact can be felt all around the Northland.  The food shelves they supply throughout the region feed about 15,500 people monthly. 

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Folks in Hermantown and surrounding communities are especially grateful for the food shelf right at Second Harvest, because a bag a groceries, can go a long way to help a family in need.

"There's times where you get to a certain point in the month and you're just struggling," Terri Peterson, a food shelf recipient said.  "Might be a couple days before payday, but you know you can come here and you can go home with almost a week's worth of groceries."

The impact is not only felt on the people picking up the food but the families they're taking care of as well.

"A lot of families I know just like ours, that are extended and everybody's staying together because nobody can afford to be out on their own," Julie Meyer, another food shelf recipient said. 

"It really helps take the pressure off especially when you know you're going to have a house full," Peterson said.

The food shelf at Second Harvest provides not only the essentials but a variety of options.

"We come here, we get a lot of things, and then we can work around those things, because you can get a lot of your basic supplies here you get your basic meats, your basic vegetables and then you can kind of just work your budget around it and it really does help save a lot," Peterson said. 

They also provide items that can be hard for families to get.

"I can't afford to buy fruit very often, so I really enjoy that when I come up here," Meyer said. 

The holidays can be an especially tough time for families to make ends meet.

"Especially during the winter, we have a lot of extra kids who show up, you need a hot meal and a place to be and it really definitely helps us provide that," Peterson said. 

There really are no words to describe how much Second Harvest helps struggling families, but those who need it say they're extremely grateful for it. 

"Without this place, we wouldn't make it," Meyer said.   "They bless a lot of people and they're tremendously good to all of us."


Amy Adamle

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