Bremer Bank Partners with Second Harvest Heartland in Food & Fund Drive
St. Paul, Minn. - September 14, 2009 - Bremer Bank is partnering with Second Harvest Heartland on its Food & Fund Drive, kicking-off during September’s Hunger Action Month and running through the end of the year. The Food & Fund Drive is a community-wide effort to gather both food, and monetary donations to help end hunger. Last year, more than 980 organizations hosted Food & Fund Drives, helping to fill the gap of 125 million missed meals each year by local residents in need. This year, that need is even greater and Bremer is leading the challenge to get more organizations and groups involved in this drive.
“Over the past four years, Bremer has partnered with Second Harvest Heartland to alleviate the issue of hunger in our communities,” said Stan Dardis, chief executive officer of Bremer Financial Corporation. “This year, in addition to our annual hunger campaign, we are leading efforts to grow the Food & Fund Drive, which is a unique and easy way for other organizations and groups to get involved in the mission to alleviate hunger.”
Getting involved is easy. Second Harvest Heartland has created a Web site, www.2harvest.org/foodandfund, where companies and groups can register their teams, access a step-by-step coordinator manual, obtain customizable posters and flyers, utilize space to upload photos and updates, and create ideas to make the Food & Fund Drive fun and successful.
Drives can be held at workplaces, schools, churches or anywhere people want to help support and feed the community’s hungry children, seniors and working families. Bremer is stepping up and encouraging everyone to take action and support a Food & Fund Drive today.
“Food and Funds is a very important program, bringing literally thousands into meaningful contact with Second Harvest Heartland and its mission,” said Rob Zeaske, executive director of Second Harvest Heartland. “The program is also newly interactive, allowing coordinators to transform their group into a team that can make a real difference in our hungry neighbors’ lives.”
Bremer Financial Corporation
Bremer Financial Corporation is a privately-held, $7.6 billion regional financial services company jointly owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF). Founded in 1943 by Otto Bremer, the company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and provides a comprehensive range of banking, investment, trust and insurance services to more than 100 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. OBF uses its share of dividends to distribute charitable grants to Bremer Bank communities. For more information, go to bremer.com.