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Teach your community about hunger relief! Become a Hunger 101 Facilitator

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ORGANIZATION: Second Harvest Heartland

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Minnesota Hunger 101 is a unique role play simulation in which participants are asked to take on the life circumstances of someone in Minnesotawho’s at risk of hunger. The Minnesota Hunger 101 Volunteer Facilitator facilitates and/or co-facilitates the simulation to a variety of audiences, ranging from 15 - 30 participants. During the simulation, each participant must try to get enough food to feed his or her family for one day by tapping the resources of the grocery store, food shelf, county human service office and the bank. The experience gives participants a feel for the struggles someone can confront when trying to feed a family with limited time, resources and support. The simulation provides the starting pointing point for an in-depth discussion about hunger and supports a call to action. Volunteer Facilitators serve help Second Harvest Heartland educate the community and serve as a powerful tool to share our messages.


  • Facilitateand/or co-facilitate Hunger 101 simulations for professional, civic or service groups, schools and churches.
  • Learn and stay current with statistics, values and messages about Second Harvest Heartland and local hunger (information provided in training and through ongoing communications).
  • Attend and represent Second Harvest Heartland at the simulation.
  • Maintain copy of Hunger 101 toolkit, including upkeepof Hunger 101 toolkit before simulation and reassemblingafter the simulation.
  • Prepare each profile packet with necessary materials before scheduled Hunger 101 simulation.
  • Answer audience questions or refer questions to Second Harvest Heartland staff.
  • Submit materials to Volunteer Coordinator following the simulation.
  • Respond promptly to simulation requests via email for simulations.


  • Previous teaching experience or presentation skills desired.
  • Comfort with speaking and leading a discussion to a variety of audiences.
  • Have a professional and respectful demeanor.
  • Be able to positively and accurately represent Second Harvest Heartland’s mission and work.
  • Attend mandatory training on Hunger 101 curriculum and simulation.
  • Have access to reliable transportation and the ability to travel to Hunger 101 simulation sitesthroughout the Twin Cities area.
  • Responsible for covering travel expenses, including parking fees.
  • Ability to meet Second Harvest Heartland’s guidelines for an acceptable criminal background check, motor vehicle check and insurance verification.


  • Total time requirement:1-year minimum commitment. Must be able to attend aninitial training session. Hunger 101 simulations are 60 to 90 minutes, depending on group needs; time does not include drive and set-up time. Volunteer Facilitators attend simulations approximately once every other month.
  • Days of the week:Weekdays or weekends may be available, depending on group needs.
  • Time of the day:Mornings, afternoons and evenings.
  • Work site: Second Harvest Heartland or various host sites throughout the Twin Cities area.


  • Second Harvest Heartland provides Hunger 101 toolkit for the simulations and will review step by step at initial orientation.New Volunteer Facilitators will shadow current volunteers for 1-2 sessions to learn the materials.
  • Additional training as needed can be provided.


Click here, Volunteer Central, to visit the opportunity on our portal and express your interest. If the opportunity sounds like a good fit for you, click on "Respond" to express your interest and complete the initial steps in the process. After responding, you’ll get an email confirming your interest and a link to our application.

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About Second Harvest Heartland


7101 Winnetka Ave No., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Second Harvest Heartland is to end hunger through community partnerships. At Second Harvest Heartland, our volunteer partners do more than enrich our work, they ground us to our mission of ending hunger together. We integrate volunteers into all aspects of creating and delivering solutions that will free our neighbors of hunger.


More than a food bank, Second Harvest Heartland is a leading partner in the policies and programs that work to end hunger, like SNAP, school meals and senior nutrition programs, and we’re an innovator in the areas where food can be the solution, like FOODRx and Minnesota Central Kitchen.

Second Harvest Heartland is a member of Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the United States. Membership means access to millions of pounds of surplus food and grocery donations from manufacturers and producers throughout the country.

Working with our network of partners, volunteers and donors as well as people like you, our 90,000+ square feet of dry, refrigerator and freezer space is constantly accepting and distributing donations. Our fleet of trucks travels nearly half a million miles a year, picking up food donations and delivering them to local food shelves, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior community centers and children's after school programs. Each year we distributed more than 100 million meals to our partners in hunger-relief. Learn more at

Click here to visit our volunteer portal and view all available opportunities.


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We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Minneapolis, MN 55428



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Advocacy
  • Community Outreach




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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