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Second Harvest Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations

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Tom Flanigan
Participants in the reveal of the final fundraiser total event included: (l. to r.) Vicki Bradley from WTXL-TV, Envision Credit Union's Kelli Walter, Second Harvest of the Big Bend CEO Monique Van Pelt, and Proctor Subaru's Martin Proctor.

Some powerful community partnerships helped the latest money-raising effort by the regional food bank beat its original objective significantly.

What was a modest month-long fundraiser for Second Harvest of the Big Bend has beaten all expectations. Organizers say hundreds of local school children will benefit as a result.
The "No Hunger" campaign in support of Second Harvest's Backpack program had several partners throughout July. WTXL-TV did a half-day telethon. Money also came from Proctor Subaru where Martin Proctor said feeding hungry kids is worth it.

"It was something you could immediately get your arms and heart around. Something that needs and deserves attention to try and eliminate," he observed.

Envision Credit Union's Kelli Walter said her organization's match was $30,000, but the total just kept growing.

"To see that it's grown to over $160,000 in just four short weeks is just beyond anything we thought could happen," she marveled.

Second Harvest C.E.O. Monique Van Pelt said the food that amount of money will purchase will go to good use.

"Six-hundred children will get food every Friday during the entire school year."

This comes at a time, added Van Pelt, of unprecedented need due to the pandemic's impact on already stressed communities.