HUNGER ENDS HERE (dba Harvest Pack)

Share the Harvest

aka Harvest Pack   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.harvestpack.org

Mission

Healthy food on every table. We are ordinary people with a simple plan and big dreams: we bring people together to help one another. We envision a world where healthy food is accessible to everyone, regardless of where they were born or how much money they have; a world where people are brought together to help one another simply because it is the right thing to do. Harvest Pack recognizes that hunger is the world's #1 health risk and even poses a major problem here in the U.S. Hunger-related issues spill over into struggles with housing, safety, education, mental health, community, and all other aspects of life. That's why we're dedicated to partnering with volunteers and organizations to ensure our meals get distributed locally, as well as internationally.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

William McNally

Main address

P.O. Box 17315

Minneapolis, MN 55417 USA

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EIN

46-0967063

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

International Relief (Q33)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Harvest Pack recognizes that hunger is the world's #1 health risk and even poses a major problem here in the U.S. Hunger-related issues spill over into struggles with housing, safety, education, mental health, community, and all other aspects of life.

In 2015, 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 6.4 million children. It is estimated that 607 million people worldwide struggled with food insecurity.

That's why we're dedicated to partnering with local social service organizations and food shelves, in addition to our partners overseas, to ensure that our meals get distributed to those who need it most. Through these organizations, Harvest Pack's work has been able to reach far beyond our headquarters in Saint Paul.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Local meals

Established in 2012, Harvest Pack is a non-­profit organization committed to putting healthy food on every table. Through the work of volunteers, we provide hand­-packed, nutrient ­rich meals both locally and internationally.

Our local meals are directed to local food shelves, and to education programs providing weekend meals to students. From several partners who work to distribute these meals to students, we know that those enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program do better when they also bring meals home on the weekends - so we are proud to provide a fortified instant oatmeal to help support these students and their families. Several of our partners have also found our oatmeal to be very popular with Seniors served in their Meals on Wheels program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

Most of our international meals are sent to our partners in the Philippines, International Care Ministries. There our meals are used to support families enrolled in their Transform program, which provides hope, support, training and resources to help families climb out of poverty.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

We offer short-term volunteer events, providing team-building opportunities for corporations, community groups, and civic or faith-based organizations to make a measurable impact on food insecurity in their local community. At Harvest Pack's meal packing events, a group of volunteers can package 20,000 meals in just a few hours, and each group contributes a few cents per meal to make it possible. Our events provide a fun way for individuals to make a big impact.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Community Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We gather large groups together to package dehydrated meals. In 2020, we put our operations on hold for many months because of Covid-19, and then resumed with smaller groups.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Local meals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, our meal packing operations were put on hold for many months due to Covid-19, and then resumed with smaller groups. Many of our large-scale events were cancelled, which reduced our output.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Harvest Pack is a humanitarian hunger-relief organization working to relieve food insecurity on both local and international levels. By offering nutritious meals for those in need, we hope to eliminate hunger for all.

We recognize food insecurity exists far too frequently here in the US. By holding meal packing events in a variety of communities, we help people understand that hunger doesn't always “look" a certain way. Our neighbors, classmates, co-workers, and even family can be affected by hunger. Harvest Pack meal packing events educate and offer community engagement to make a tangible impact on hunger. Ultimately, we want healthy food on every table.

We purposely develop cross-sector relationships between business organizations, educational institutions, faith-based groups, and general community organizations to pack and distribute our meals where they are needed most. We partner with organizations of all sizes to host meal packaging events in local communities. Funds received by these event hosts cover the cost of ingredients, supply, freight, and some organizational overhead expenses. These events also help us to continue to raise awareness and involvement within communities.

At the base of our organization, Harvest Pack's team of nonprofit veterans are passionate about helping others and making healthy meals available to all. Using research from food scientists, we've been able to develop our healthy meals, made from U.S sourced ingredients. They are filled with carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins needed for an underfed body and mind.

We have been able to build partnerships with other organizations to deliver our meals into the hands of those that need them most. In the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota region, our partnership with the Sheridan Story puts our nutritious oatmeal into the weekend meal bags of food insecure students. Working with Community Emergency Services allows our oatmeal to be delivered to home-bound seniors around the Twin Cities, and VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) receives Harvest Pack oatmeal donations for their food shelf program.

Across the US, our meal packing hosts help identify the best local recipients. For international aid donations, Harvest Pack's partners include International Care Ministries and Children's Health Ministries. The Harvest Pack team works tirelessly to continue creating volunteer opportunities through our meal packing events.

We've had very successful meal packing events within various communities, both in and outside of Minnesota. In 2019, we packed 1,447,610 meals, and donated 1,460,034. Of those meals, 918,306 were donated locally through strong partnerships with distribution organizations like Every Meal (formerly The Sheridan Story), Community Emergency Services, and VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People).

Our meals are definitely getting to places that need them, but we know there are many other places that still need them. This is why we want to continue strengthening our relationships and developing new ones with other organizations. We look to work with more corporations and communities to increase our number of meal packing events.

Long-term goals include building a stronger community of sustaining donors that are as dedicated to our mission as we are. To accomplish this, we launched our new monthly giving program. We are also developing more impactful stories of how Harvest Pack has made a difference in the community.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 2/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Doug Rude

Harvest Pack

Term: 2012 -

Tanya Beckwith

3M

Enrique Barrera

FirstService Residential MN

Denise Willenbring

Aon Corporation

Athanas Mcha

Lethert Skwira Schultz

Samantha Juneau

MN Dept of Transportation

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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