With one in six Americans suffering from food insecurity, is joining forces with local dignitaries, the Lake Minnetonka–Excelsior and Excelsior Rotary Clubs, and Second Harvest Heartland to increase awareness and urgency to this important issue. Specifically, the Cub Foods store in Shorewood will host a “Dash for Hunger” supermarket race between elected officials from Shorewood, Excelsior and Tonka Bay that will raise big money in a fun way.
The event serves as a kick-off to Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month in September, in which Cub Foods partners with Second Harvest Heartland locally on the “Give a Little, Feed a Lot” campaign designed to raise funds, food, and awareness about hunger.
What: A race where local dignitaries team with Lake Minnetonka–Excelsior and Excelsior Rotary Club raffle winners and “dash” around the Shorewood Cub Foods store pushing grocery carts and collecting non-perishable food.
With only three minutes on the clock, the goal is to collect as much product to benefit families who rely upon the Intercongregational Communities Association (ICA) Food Shelf for assistance. Shorewood Cub Foods is prepared to donate the equivalent dollar amount of groceries. And even better, the Rotary Clubs will match Cub’s donation dollar for dollar.
Plus, the three raffle winner participants will be vying for $1,200 in Cub Foods gift cards.
Why: To highlight the need to battle hunger and to kick off “Hunger Action Month” taking place during September in Cub Foods stores. Throughout the month, Cub Foods stores will collect cash donations to benefit Second Harvest and food donations to go to local food shelves in the communities Cub serves.
When: Thursday, Sept. 6, from 12–1 p.m.
Who: Local Dignitaries and Event Participants:
- Nick Ruehl, Excelsior Mayor
- Deb Kind, Greenwood Mayor
- Chris Lizee, Shorewood Mayor and event color commentator
- Gerry Delavega, Tonka Bay City Council
- Cathy Maes, Executive Director, ICA Food Shelf
- Robert Zeaske, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland
- Gary Miron, District Manager, Cub Foods