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Local food bank receives grant to fight child hunger

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank recently announced it has received a grant that will be used to feed children throughout northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank recently announced it has received a grant that will be used to feed children throughout northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

The grant, totaling $12,081.61, was made possible by Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF), which was established to raise awareness of poverty across the United States and throughout the world.

With this mission, CPEF teamed up with FOX and "American Idol" to present "Idol Gives Back," which aired on FOX in April 2007. "Idol Gives Back" was a two-night special which raised awareness and funds for organizations that focus on providing resources for young people in extreme poverty in the U.S. and Africa.

Northern Lakes Food Bank received the grant as a result of its membership in America's Second Harvest-the Nation's Food Bank Network. America's Second Harvest was chosen as one of four domestic charities that received funds which were raised through "Idol Gives Back."

"We are extremely grateful for this support of our work feeding hungry children," said Shaye Moris, executive director of the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank in Duluth. "This grant will help Northern Lakes Food Bank and other food banks across the country continue to ensure that these children do not go to bed hungry or left wondering where their next meal will come from."

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Each year, Second Harvest Food Bank helps provide food to more than 18,000 children living at risk of hunger in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is a non-profit organization that acquires, stores, and distributes national and regional donations to soup kitchens, food shelves, and on-site feeding programs. Currently serving over 140 charitable feeding programs located throughout four Minnesota (St. Louis, Carlton, Lake, and Cook) and four Wisconsin (Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, and Iron) counties, the food bank distributes over 2.6 million pounds annually (enough food for 2.1 million meals) to assist in feeding over 40,000 Northland residents who live in poverty.

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