It was 2010 and Grizzly's had just added its rotisserie during a massive remodel. That year also marked the inaugural Hunger Takes No Holiday, a new fundraising effort in Superior hosted by Grizzly's.The event raised over $5,000, providing 25,000 meals for men, women and children of our great city through nine Superior food shelves.
Over the past eight years, Grizzly's has been front and center in helping us help others. The Tony G 3 on 3, Trends Day Spa and Salon, The Douglas County Fish and Game League, Arrowhead Printing, Jody Forsythe and the Northwestern High School DECA students, Dave Minor, Gary Banker and many generous people of Superior have contributed more than $100,000 to Hunger Takes No Holiday, which has provided 500,000 meals for our friends and neighbors.
Super One Foods has always been involved through the Empty Plate promotion. Its help has raised over $15,000, or 75,000 meals. Helping others through community service and support has been a theme for Super One for a long time.
During the first two weeks of February, Superior Super One Food stores are once again — pardon the pun — stepping up to the "plate." Our mutual goal is to raise $4,000 through $1 purchases of an empty paper plate that symbolizes what many face each day, a plate absent of food. These symbols will be available to purchase at the checkout stands as you pay for your groceries. If everyone who checks out during those two weeks buys just one plate, we would meet our goal.
Once the promotion concludes, Super One will present a check to Hunger Takes No Holiday for the number of plates sold. The funds will be presented to Shaye Moris, executive director of Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank in Duluth. Nine food shelves in Superior served by the food bank will share in the proceeds, fulfilling their mission to provide food to those in need.
I, Don Leighton, also known as Lance Boyle, am personally asking my friends, neighbors and great Super One shoppers to please help us out by purchasing one or more plates during the next two weeks. If you do, you have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of many children, adults and senior citizens who rely on our food shelves for their food and ultimate survival.
Your generosity will make you feel great about what you are doing to help others as well.