Tackling Hunger Relief in Our Communities
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Tackling Hunger Relief in Our Communities

 
November 11, 2015   |   ShareThis

For many, autumn in North America means cooler nights, a new school year and plenty of football. But for our community partners involved with hunger relief, fall is a time of great need.

“Restocking food pantry shelves ahead of winter and the coming holiday season is critical,” says Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas, Executive Director of The Mosaic Company Foundation. “Local hunger relief has been central to the work that Mosaic does to strengthen our communities and help our neighbors in need.”

Here’s a look at some of the partnerships Mosaic is supporting this season, to help build food security in our communities:

Canada:

Regina Annual Food Drive: As the largest food drive in Canada, the Regina Annual Food Drive canvases the City of Regina to pick up brown bags filled with food. Mosaic employees volunteer with the collection process. Mosaic is the presenting sponsor of the drive, covering all overhead costs so the food bank can collect as much food as possible for those in need as we head into the holiday season.

Food Projects in Saskatchewan: Created to supply local food security agencies with fresh grown produce, Mosaic’s Food Farms in Saskatchewan celebrated an impressive first harvest. Mosaic employees lived our mission to help the world grow the food it needs by taking part in both the planting and harvesting of produce.

Florida:

Hunger Relief Forum: Several state and local policymakers, food, health and nutrition experts and community leaders attended Mosaic’s third annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum on Sept. 17, during Hunger Action Month. Held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Florida, the forum sparked discussion about hunger issues in Florida, an important dialogue to have with Florida ranking fourth in the nation for family hunger. View the video for more about the third annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum.

United Food Bank of Plant City: United Food Bank of Plant City aims to “stamp out” hunger in East Hillsborough County and raise the standard of living for the needy. They also offer individuals and families opportunities for self-improvement, education and job skills.

Charlotte Homeless Coalition: Mosaic supports The Hunger Prevention Program, which serves the nutritional needs of homeless individuals and families, and those in financial crisis who cannot afford proper nutrition. The program’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Choice Food Pantry distributed over 40,000 meals to over 3,500 households last year. The Hot Meals Program is open 365 days per year, and served over 65,000 hot meals last year.

Harry Chapin Food Bank: Mosaic supports 12 Mobile Food Pantry events and the Baker Center for Early Learning in-school pantry; these efforts provide hunger relief for more than 3,000 families and 6,000 children. Approximately 96,000 pounds of food, the equivalent of 80,000 meals with a food value of $163,200, will be distributed through 12 mobile pantries.

Yah Yah Girls – Backpack Feeding Program: Funding supports the weekly distribution of 1,000 backpacks filled with food to 10 elementary schools on Fridays, so children who are food insecure have something to eat when they are not in school.

All Faiths Food Bank: This past year, with Mosaic’s support, All Faiths Food Bank in DeSoto County served more than 14,000 people at their mobile food pantries and distributed more than 25,000 backpacks of nutritious food for children in need.

Minnesota:

The Food Group: Transportation and mobility issues are some of many barriers faced by the poor, elderly and disabled in order to access food. To help, the program’s Mobile Foodshelf delivers nutritious food to individuals and families living in subsidized housing in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Food Group expanded the Mobile Foodshelf in August 2014 and now provides food to 850 residents in 26 subsidized housing buildings, each month. With this expansion there is now a total of 12 Mobile Foodshelf sites in Ramsey County, 13 in Hennepin County, and one in Anoka County. Watch video >>

Walk to End Hunger: For the sixth consecutive year, Mosaic will be the presenting sponsor of the Walk to End Hunger, when employees and community members gather on Thanksgiving morning to “give back before giving thanks.” The 5K walk, which drew 3,421 participants in 2014, takes place inside the Mall of America, and funds raised help support Greater Twin Cities United Way and the many hunger relief organizations in our local communities. Since 2010, the event has raised $1.5 million dollars—the equivalent of 4.2 million meals.

Give to the Max Day: Since 2010, Mosaic has supported Give to the Max Day by providing each Plymouth employee with a giving card to use to contribute to a charity of their choice. For the sixth year in a row, The Mosaic Company Foundation will match employee and community contributions to Second Harvest Heartland (SHH) during Give to the Max Day, up to $100,000. For every $1 donated, SHH can distribute 3.8 meals; based on this formula, last year's event generated 2,372,367 meals.

View a slide show featuring many of Mosaic’s recent hunger relief events.