Special thanks to the nearly 600 volunteers came together at Land O’Lakes’ brand-new building in Arden Hills yesterday to help children and families facing food insecurity in the Twin Cities.
Volunteers put together healthy snack packs and weekend meal kits for kids who have less food when school is out and pantry essentials for families in need.
In total, volunteers helped 6,000 individuals and families in the Twin Cities by assembling:
- 3,000 healthy snack packs
- 1,200 weekend meal kits
- 1,200 kitchen utensil kits
- 600 pantry staples bags
Hosting this event aligned with Land O’Lakes‘ mission to strengthen our community.
“At Land O’Lakes, we believe in feeding human progress. One of the greatest and best ways to do that is through our community partners, such as United Way,” said Traci Norum, community relations specialist at Land O’Lakes (pictured above).
Events like this are a great way to make a big impact in a short amount of time. Join us August 9 for Action Day at Target Center, where we’ll assemble backpacks filled with school supplies so every local student can start school ready to learn. In addition, we’ll be hosting Home For Good projects in November to support families transitioning out of homelessness.
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Kits created were given to 12 United Way community partners for distribution to families and children in their programs:
- Camp Fire Minnesota
- Community Emergency Assistance Program
- Community Partners with Youth
- Keystone Community Services
- Loaves & Fishes
- Merrick Community Services
- Neighborhood House
- NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center
- Pillsbury United Communities – Waite House
- YMCA Twin Cities
In addition, participants created bags to hold the pantry essentials out of T-shirts, and the leftover fabric scraps were donated to local nonprofit Bundles of Love to use to create baby clothes.