Is 1 million meals a good thing or a bad thing?

Star Tribune

Dec 25, 2018

Is 1 million meals a good thing or a bad thing? 

We at Loaves and Fishes recently served our 1 millionth meal of the year. An incredible milestone, certainly, but as we neared ever closer to it, the question was raised time and again: Is it a good thing or a bad thing to serve so many meals in just one year?
 
Well, one thing is certain — it is a reflection of our community, of still-unmet need in our neighborhoods and in our state.
 
We served a record-breaking number of meals in 2018 because we decided to grow innovatively and meet hunger wherever it lives. Honestly, it wasn’t difficult to find. Today, our meals are on the streets, in shelters, at dining sites — feeding young and old alike. Our doors are open, our programs are growing, and we are providing comfort to Minnesotans facing obstacles to self-sufficiency — like unemployment, underemployment, estrangement, abuse, addiction, homelessness, disability, loneliness, aging. The refuge we offer is a delicious, healthy meal.
 
A million of them, as it turns out.
 
Cathy Maes, Minneapolis