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At Refined Lending we often refer to each other as family, and we mean it. We all truly care about one another and strive to help everyone on the team succeed. One of our top core values is giving back to the local communities we work and live in. This is something that is held near and dear to all our hearts. We really love supporting each other as co workers AND supporting our local community. That is where our Refined Difference Project originated from.  Each month we showcase a different RL Family member and donating to a local charity of their choice. We  also provide links and information on how YOU can donate and support them as well!

For November, the charity we will be raising money for is Second Harvest Heartland, a program assisting local families in need of food.

There is more than enough food available to feed everyone. Second Harvest Heartland leads through innovation, finding creative solutions to connect the full resources of our community with our hungry neighbors.

While the economy continues to improve since the Great Recession, many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet, and hunger continues to be a prevalent and pervasive issue in our area.

It’s not always who you think; it could be your neighbor, your friend, a relative. Many people live paycheck to paycheck, and if their car breaks down, someone gets ill or someone loses a job, their security is jeopardized. Today, more than half a million people in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin face hunger, a crisis in which underemployment and rising costs of living play a role.

Children, including more than one-third of K–12 kids in Minnesota, rely on free or reduced-price lunches at school. Many did not have breakfast this morning or dinner last night. Being hungry makes it tough to concentrate at school and stay focused on their daily lives.

Working adults who are in lower-wage jobs may face tough choices – pay the rent or buy food? They feel the constant stress and anxiety of not knowing how they’ll feed themselves or their families.

Seniors living on fixed incomes are the most surprising and the fastest-growing population who are visiting food shelves. But they hesitate to ask for help, and are the ‘hidden hungry’ in our neighborhoods.

To learn more about this organization and their mission, click here.

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