We asked and you supported
Meet Erica! Erica is Chief of Staff at the dedicated COVID Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul and a TRUE HERO. She reached out to so many of us local food makers to get snacks for her staff who had been working long hours and didn’t have enough time to get to the grocery store to get snacks they needed to stay energized and fed. Personally, when I talked to Erica on the phone, I had to pause and hold back my tears for a moment. How was this woman taking the time to go this far out of her way to help her staff when she herself must be afraid under tremendous stress? Nevertheless, we all answered the call with our hearts open!
17 local snack companies donated thousands of dollars collectively worth of product to Bethesda. Because we all wanted to! But we realize there are more medical workers that need this and we want to keep going, but it has to be sustainable for these businesses too. Many of these local food businesses have also been hit hard by this crisis.
These past few weeks, we have been able to serve almost thousands of frontline workers across the country, while also paying back the 17 small food producers their costs, thanks to this campaign!
With much gratitude and appreciation, it has been a pleasure to work so closely with our fellow MN food makers and so many of you from our community to accomplish so much with The Hero Snack Pack Campaign.
It was all inspired by Dr. Erika Kuhlmann, to support both front line workers and struggling local businesses during the COVID crisis.
From April 1- May 27th, we managed to...
Over $57K in donations was raised thanks to all of your generosity! An amount none of us ever imagined!
Over 10,000 frontline workers were served at over 30 medical and community facilities in 18 different states! Yes, even Alaska!
20 local Minnesota based small businesses were supported during
We have temporarily paused this program but may be back if there is a second wave or potentially over the holiday season. Stay tuned to our site for updates.
In the meantime, as best you can, please continue to support all of the businesses that participated in this campaign during this very uncertain economic time. Trust me, they will be grateful.
Robyn and The MN Snack Pack Community Team
Thank you to KARE 11, WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota, FOX NEWS and THE TODAY SHOW for helping us to spread the word. Here is some of the coverage.