Allina Health teams up with community volunteers to help feed people in need

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Cambridge Medical Center President Gary Shaw (in sunglasses) helps pack meals for those in need June 1 at Cambridge Medical Center. Photos by Rachel Kytonen

Community members from across the Allina Health service area joined Allina Health employee volunteers June 1 to package 200,000 healthy meals for neighbors in need.

This event promotes healthy eating on a budget and the 2013 grant application process for Neighborhood Health Connection.

The family-friendly meal packing events were held at 40 Allina Health locations. Across all the Allina Health sites, more than 1,800 volunteers packed 50,000 Healthy Meal Packs to feed 200,000 people. More than 75 community organizations will receive the Meal Packs to give to their clients. Allina Health received seven 53-foot truckloads of food for the event, equalling 227,244 pounds of food.

At Cambridge Medical Center, according to Nicki Klanderud, manager of community engagement, 2,525 meals were packed that will feed 10,100 people.

Megan Morris, who was crowned Dream Girls USA for the 2010-11 year, helps pack meals with Mitch Patrick.

Megan Morris, who was crowned Dream Girls USA for the 2010-11 year, helps pack meals with Mitch Patrick.

Just over 1,400 meals will be going to the Isanti County Food Shelf, Family Pathways Food Pantries in Cambridge and North Branch, Braham Food Shelf, A Place For You Homeless Shelter in Pine City, Bread of Life Distribution in Ogilvie and His Givers in Princeton.

Each Meal Pack will feed four people and includes non-perishable food items, recipe cards and education about how to eat healthy on a budget. There was also an activity to personalize the meal packs with a handwritten card.

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