August 9, 2022 at 2:48 p.m.

Helping people thrive

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Coborn’s-Melrose applauded for food shelf donations 

through Second Harvest Heartland food rescue program 

Over the past year, Coborn’s-Melrose donated enough food to the Melrose Area Food Shelf, through the Second Harvest Heartland Retail Food Rescue program, to provide 6,645 meals to clients. 

Coborn’s employees were applauded for their efforts July 26 when Song Lee, Second Harvest Heartland food rescue specialist, visited the store. 

Second Harvest Heartland partners with retail grocers to divert food being removed from store shelves to feed hungry people.

“This is my favorite part of the job because this is when we get to ... give a formal thank you for all you do to make the community thrive,” said Lee, who covers 160 Minnesota retail stores. 

Bob Doyle, Melrose Area Food Shelf volunteer echoed those sentiments. 

“We get lots of good food,” he said. “Last week Candy (Freeman) picked up 75 pizzas. A month ago, I picked up enough ice cream to feed everybody forever, and we receive bread all the time.” 

Doyle said there are also donations from the meat, dry goods and health and beauty departments.  

Doyle picks up and weighs food donated by Coborn’s-Melrose each Wednesday. The amount is recorded by volunteer Tim Wingate, and used to calculate the number of meals provided to people in the communities served by the Melrose Area Food Shelf, Lee said.  

“It takes so much hard work to make this happen,” she said. “We really appreciate it.” 

Lee presented Jordan Haukos, Coborn’s Melrose manager, with a certificate of appreciation, encouraging him to share it with team members.  

“Every single pound counts,” Lee said. “Last year through the food rescue program, with our agency partners, we rescued 40 million pounds of food to folks in need.” 


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