Posted at: 12/07/2012 12:05 PM
Updated at: 12/07/2012 10:47 PM
By: Brittany Falkers
Before the sun was even up our Good Morning Northland crew was out at First United Methodist Church in Duluth getting ready for a big day of giving.
This is the ninth year WDIO has teamed up with Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank for our live "Have a Heart, Help a Neighbor" food drive broadcast. It's all part of a major effort benefiting our region's only food bank.
Executive Director for Second Harvest, Shaye Moris, says fundraisers like this are a huge help because the demand at Second Harvest is growing.
"We want to be able to feed people at meet this increasing need in our region," Moris said.
Second Harvest covers a vast area, supplementing food for about 120 non-profit groups throughout Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. Donations will reach an estimated 43,000 people each year.
Second Harvest is distributing 54 percent more food this year compared to 2008. Area food shelves that the food bank supplies have also seen an increase of 62 percent since 2008.
"We've seen food shelf use by children increase by 40 percent in the last few years and use among senior quadruple. So it is definite time of need," Moris said.
People stopped by throughout the live broadcast to drop off food and cash donations that can make the biggest difference. With just a $1 dollar donation, Second Harvest can buy $10 dollars worth of food. That's enough for five meals.
"I think it's very important giving it to people that need it. And again, there's so many people who are struggling and this really helps them get by."
To all of the volunteers, sponsors, and donors WDIO says thank you for giving. If you missed today's live broadcast there's still time to give. Donate online by clicking here.