Monday, January 15, 2018

Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation presents $21k to Second Harvest Heartland

The Schwan's Corporate Giving Foundation and
employees in Bloomington, Minnesota, recently
presented a grant of $21,155 to Second Harvest Heartland.
 Pictured at the grant presentation from left to right are:
Meghan Shaughnessy, Theresa Zaske, Amanda Pieper (Second
Harvest Heartland), Mike Smith and Lori Dubbeldee
(Schwan's Corporate Giving Foundation) and Nichole Loranger.
Jan. 15, 2018 — The Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation recently presented a grant of $21,155 to Second Harvest Heartland. The funds include a match for the $10,619 raised by our employees from the office in Bloomington, Minnesota, for their annual “Food Mania” fundraiser and the $8,943 collected by employees through its Jean Day program and truck-load sales. An additional $1,593 was added to the grant to help offset the administrative costs and to ensure employee contributions went the designated charity.

“Second Harvest Heartland has been an important charitable partner of Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation for a number of years,” Theresa Zaske, community relations manager. “I’m delighted that we’re able to partner with it in so many ways — volunteerism, food donations from the company and from subsidiary employees and grants from the foundation.”

In addition to the $10,619 donated by employees for Food Mania, they had also collected 436 pounds of food for Second Harvest Heartland. The campaign officially took place from Sept. 18-28. Senior Sales Analyst Meghan Shaughnessy, who helped coordinate the event, said that the employees’ effort, including money raised and food donations, is equivalent to approximately 31,857 meals donated for the community.

This was the seventh-consecutive year our team in Bloomington participated in Food Mania to help Second Harvest Heartland build awareness about hunger and alleviate hunger issues. The campaign efforts were led by the Schwan’s Engagement Council — an employee-led group that coordinates engagement activities for employees to engage in meaningful participation.

Second Harvest Heartland is affiliated with Feeding America, the leading non-profit organization working to end hunger in the United States. In 2011, the company announced it had entered into an official partnership with Feeding America. Second Harvest Heartland serves people in need in almost 60 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. In their most recent fiscal year they distributed more than 63 million meals.

Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on efforts to end hunger, promote youth education and leadership development, and provide essential services that advance the health of the communities where employees of subsidiaries of Schwan’s Company live and work. The foundation is headquartered in Marshall, Minnesota.

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