Community gathers for No Kid Hungry kickoff event

Community gathers for No Kid Hungry kickoff event
Posted on 06/14/2018

More than two dozen community organizations took part in the No Kid Hungry kickoff event at Park High School on Monday, June 11. The free, family-friendly event brought people together to learn more about how they can give or get access to community food resources through the new initiative.

No Kid Hungry is a partnership between South Washington County Schools, Second Harvest Heartland, Share Our Strength and a bipartisan hunger caucus of state legislators aimed at ending child hunger by bringing existing community resources together. The initiative is a pilot project that will serve as a model for other school districts in Minnesota and across the country. More information about No Kid Hungry is available at

At the event, there were free fruits and vegetables, snacks and entertainment for families. Local lawmakers including Sen. Karla Bigham, Sen. Susan Kent, Rep. JoAnn Ward, Rep. Kelly Fenton, Rep. Keith Franke, Rep. Tony Jurgens, Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey, Newport Mayor Dan Lund and Mayor Sandi Dingle were in attendance.

Below are the participating organizations:

Big Brother/Big Sisters Free Arts Program
Big Frog
Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS)
Cooking Matters Minnesota – University of Minnesota Extension
Cottage Grove Fire Department
Cottage Grove Lions
Feed My Starving Children
Friends in Need
Girl Scouts (SNACK program)
Good in the Hood
Newport Lutheran Church
Park Grove Library
Project Snowflake
Second Harvest Heartland
South Washington County Schools Community Education Skoolie
South Washington County Schools Nutrition Services
Stone Soup
St. Paul Park Police
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Alley Church
The Grove Church
Washington County Child and Teen Check-ups
Washington County Parent Support Outreach Program (PSOP)
Washington County Public Health/WIC
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
Woodbury Community Foundation – Woodbury THRIVES
Woodbury Parks and Recreation
Youth Service Bureau

Thanks to everyone who made the event a success!