On Monday, November 2, the Vikings hosted their annual Taste of the NFL event at International Market Square in Minneapolis. Vikings players, cheerleaders and alumni joined forces with the Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF), Second Harvest Heartland and generous fans to aide hunger relief efforts.
Proceeds generated through the annual Taste of the NFL fall event make it possible for the VCF to expand its efforts into hunger relief, with particular emphasis on childhood hunger through the USDA-sponsored summer lunch program.
“There is an incredible discrepancy in the number of children receiving nourishing meals during the summer months compared to the school year,” said Alice Seagren, Minnesota’s Education Commissioner. “We are grateful for the generosity, ingenuity and leadership the Minnesota Vikings, Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Second Harvest Heartland have provided in improving the participation rate in Minnesota.”
The strolling food and wine event featured sample food from 14 of the top restaurants in the Twin Cities, beverages provided by E&J Gallo, MillerCoors and Pepsi, a silent auction, Vikings autograph sessions, a raffle drawing and celebrity judges and guest voting for “best restaurant of the evening.”
The VCF will donate all proceeds to expand its Summer Lunch Program in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland. Proceeds from the 2008 Taste of the NFL event helped distribute nearly 200,000 additional meals this past summer. The Vikings and Second Harvest Heartland goal is to continue to provide meals to children in need by raising money during the 2009 Taste of the NFL event.
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