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Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
Josh Koop - TSM Duluth
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Hand-Craft Bowls At The Duluth Art Institute For The Empty Bowl Fundraiser [VIDEO]

Many Northlanders look forward to the Empty Bowl Event each year. It's designed to help fund the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, but it does so much more than that.  It brings the community together, whether it's sharing time and talent making the bowls or enjoying soup and conversation on the day of the event.  The opportunity to make bowls for Empty Bowl 2017 in April is available at the Duluth Art Institute, get your friends or group together and have fun making bowls that will ultimately help feed local families.

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The Trussell Trust Food Bank In Liverpool Distributes Christmas Hampers
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Can You Give Some Time? Second Harvest Looks To Increase Volunteer Support This Year [VIDEO]

The last time I was at Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank it was to interview the Executive Director Shaye Moris, about the Back Pack Program.  I was amazed at two things.   One was the number of area students that rely the backpack program and the other was the incredible dedication of the volunteers that were packing them.  That day it was a group representing Essentia Health.

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Nick Cooper ~ TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper ~ TSM Duluth
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Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank’s Backpack Program Feeds Hundreds On Weekends

Project Joy is an event organized by a local family in memory of a loved one that helps to fund the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's Backpack Program.  It's a program that ensures some Northland students have food over the weekend.  While shooting this video I was moved to tears with what I saw and thinking of these kids who have come to rely on this food donation to last their weekend. 

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Start Hand-Crafting Bowls For The Empty Bowl Fundraiser That Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank

Many Northlanders look forward to the Empty Bowl Event each year. It's designed to help fund the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, but it does so much more than that.  It brings the community together, whether it's sharing time and talent making the bowls or enjoying soup and conversation on the day of the event.  The opportunity to make bowls for Empty Bowl 2017 is already available, get your friends or group together to help feed families.

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Laura Plys
Laura Plys
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Spread Hope, Help To End Hunger With Project Joy This Friday

Project Joy is an event that was started by an man I had the honor to work with on the Thanksgiving Day Buffet Committee, Patrick Plys.  Even while battling brain cancer his concern was for others.  Especially, children who went hungry without access to food.  Patrick sadly lost his battle, but not before he told his wife, "he chose Joy".  Thus, Project Joy was developed and has continued to be fueled by the passion of Patrick's friends, family and a generously supportive community.  

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Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank
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Need A Job? Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Is Hiring A Marketing And Special Events Coordinator

The picture above is my daughter and I at this years amazing Empty Bowl event to benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. A lot of hours and hard work go into planning an event that raises much needed funds for Second Harvest.  When I got the email about this job I thought I would share, it might be right up your alley and you could be the involved in planning Empty Bowl 2017.

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images
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Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Needs Two Warehouse Associates/Delivery Drivers

Are you in need of a job?  One that not only you can make a career out of but can feel good that you're helping out in the community?  I can't count how many times I've had friends and acquaintances tell me that they are in need of a job and to keep my eyes and ears open for them.  I thought I would share this job from Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, it might be right up your alley.  Before you think it isn't for you, read on!

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Wildfire Engulfs Fort McMurray Forcing Evacuations Of 80,000 People
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Summer Food Service Program Feeds Kids In Duluth

Unless you work with children in our area you are probably unaware of how many of them attend school hungry and go home to empty tables.  Some days their only meal is lunch provided at school.  There is even a weekend backpack program through Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank that ensures that on Friday the kids go home with food until Monday.  But, what do they do in the summer?

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Matt Cardy/Getty Images
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Need A Job? Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Is Hiring an Agency Relations Coordinator

I can't count how many times I've had friends and acquaintances tell me that they are in need of a job and to keep my eyes and ears open for them.  When I got the email about this job I thought I would share, it might be right up your alley.  Before you think it isn't for you, read on!

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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Northland Subways Benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

The Northland Subway Restaurants have the families that benefit from the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.  Today is "Feed The Northland" with area Subways, you can help and get a little something for yourself in the process. 

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Kylee Kates
Kylee Kates
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UMD Football Team Uses Tonight’s Maroon-White Spring Game to Help Local Non-Profits

My daughter Kylee graduates from UMD next month.  Tonight's UMD Maroon-White Spring Game is bittersweet for her and her roommates (my pseudo daughters).  It's the 42nd annual Maroon-White Spring Game and the team is using tonight to help others.

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Flickr User: Jeff Kubina
Flickr User: Jeff Kubina
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Empty Bowl 2016 Practices Sustainability In Many Ways, Even Using Trees Removed from 4th Street


Empty Bowl is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12.  You can join forces to benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank with other Souper Heroes just by attending!  Some of these Souper Heroes started months ago when adults and children in our community started putting time and talent into making the bowls.

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