Minnesota employees focused their efforts on the fight against hunger through several events during March. The campaign kicked off with a generous donation to a new food shelf in Rockford, Minn. Home Service Plus (HSP) provided $8,000 toward a new heating and cooling system for the Riverworks Food Shelf facility, and Community Relations contributed an additional $500. "I am very grateful for CenterPoint Energy's generosity," said Denise Kesanen, executive director of the food shelf, pictured with Jean Krause, Community Relations director and Joe Vortherms, HSP director.
A "super hero" theme and field-crew competition added fun to this year's campaign. Bill Kallberg's South District crew collected the most monetary donations of $224, and Terry Setter’s North District crew collected 81 boxes of cereal and $115. Both crews will receive breakfast or lunch delivered by a super hero. Twenty-one volunteers dressed as super heroes also delivered 3,900 flowers to their colleagues on March 23, as part of the annual flower-sale fundraiser in which employees purchase flowers for each other. Super heroes pictured (left to right) are Jen Kuhlman and Casey Miller, customer information reps in Mankato, Minn. Overall, $8,900 and 905 pounds of food was collected for local food shelves in Minnesota, surpassing the $7,000 goal. "Thanks to everyone who supported and participated in this year's food drive campaign. You are 'super heroes' to the nearly one million Minnesotans who live in households struggling to put food on the table," said Elli Fisher, Community and Local Government Relations specialist and food drive chair.