MSB-Online Staff Takes a Break to Help End Hunger in Minnesota

Posted by on May 19, 2014

43 Online staffers volunteered at Second Harvest Heartland and managed to pack over 5,000 pounds of rice and beans.

The Minnesota School of Business-Online takes education seriously. But another, lesser known cause we also take very seriously is our ability, as a staff, to serve our communities through volunteerism. Collectively, the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University have about 1,500 employees, so the impact we can make in just one day of service is pretty astonishing.

This year, the Online staff revisited the Second Harvest Heartland warehouse located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota to help break down and package food that is distributed to over 1,000 food banks and food shelves throughout the state of Minnesota.

The morning kicked off bright and early with a quick breakfast before heading to the warehouse. Once the staff arrived at the warehouse, we were checked in and briefed on what our duties for the day would include.

Dean of Faculty Kristen O’Connell and Career Services Coordinator Mike Schwartz carefully measure out 1 lb. bags of rice.

This year the team was going to be measuring, bagging and boxing rice into one pound bags. Sporting our new hairnets and beard nets, the staff eagerly got to work.

In keeping with our “We Care” attitude, the Online staff breezed through 4,392 pounds of rice and quickly re-organized to take on the next project of packing pinto beans. The staff once again surpassed the expectations of the Second Harvest Heartland staff by packing 684 pounds of pinto beans in about 30 minutes.

Once the staff had cleaned up their work stations, we wrapped the day with a group photo and the Second Harvest Heartland staff presented us with the totals for our morning of measuring, packing and boxing the food.

All in all, the Online staff was able to package 5,076 pounds of food, which means we were able to provide over 4,000 meals for families who are food insecure in Minnesota.


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