For 24 years, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank has been making holidays brighter through the Itasca Holiday Program. In collaboration with hundreds of donors and volunteers, over 1,700 special food boxes, along with a bag of seasonal fruit and a $20 grocery voucher, will be distributed to referred families, seniors and people with disabilities in Itasca County and Hill City during the week of Dec. 15 – 20.

During the holidays, families already struggling to put food on the table experience extra pressure to make ends meet. After paying their rent, heat, and electric, there’s not much left for clothes, medical bills and food. Many families rely on schools to make sure their children have two meals a day knowing there will be no food on the table when they get home. Families like Katrina’s who says, “My daughter receives food from school, which is helpful, but the holiday program makes it possible for us to have a nice family dinner.” Or Dave who says, “If it wasn’t for your programs my wife and I wouldn’t have food to eat. My wife is diabetic and is grateful for the fruits and vegetables we get.”

Second Harvest understands the struggle that is why they continue to run the Itasca Holiday Program. “We are fortunate to live in such a caring community,” said Sue Estee, Executive Director of Second Harvest North Central Food Bank. “If it wasn’t for their support we would never be able to help so many people in need during the holidays.”

Help Second Harvest feed hope this holiday season. For a $100 donation, donors can receive the 2019 Itasca Holiday Ornament and Second Harvest can provide approximately three families with a holiday food box, a bag of seasonal fruit and a $20 grocery voucher.

About Second Harvest North Central Food Bank

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank’s mission is to engage the community to end hunger. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank provides food for the hungry in their region. Through their network of local member agencies and their direct service programs, thousands of people receive a hot meal or groceries to help them get by. For more information on Second Harvest, their member services, their programs or how to help view their website at www.secondharvestncfb.com or contact them at 218-326-4420.

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