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Monday, January 6, 2020

Marshall employees partner with BestPrep's eMentor program

Marshall-based employees volunteered with BestPrep's eMentor program,
where they mentored ninth-grade students from the Tracy Area High School. 
Jan. 6, 2020 — For the fourth-consecutive year, our team members in Marshall, Minnesota, volunteered for BestPrep’s eMentor program, lending professional and developmental advice to high-school students. This year, employees were paired with approximately 25 ninth-grade students from the Tracy Area High School.

The eMentor program was coordinated through BestPrep, which is a non-profit organization located in Minnesota. The organization’s mission is to prepare students with business, career and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences that inspire success in work and life.

The program works by connecting high-school students with business professionals. For an eight-week period, students and business professionals exchange emails, where they share experiences from high school, college and their careers to provide perspective to students who are eager for advice on the skills and experiences necessary for a successful career after school.

Following the eight-week program, employee volunteers hosted a special meet-and-greet session at the corporate office in Marshall, where the mentors and mentees could meet face-to-face. Students enjoyed a tour of the museum and lunch that featured Schwan’s products.

This year’s efforts were led by Accounts Receivable and Collections Representative Michaela Brezinka Fassler.

Michaela shared that the teacher of the students was very complimentary of employees who volunteered.

“She told me that it was impactful for the students to hear real world tips and experiences from business professionals in the workforce,” Michaela said. “She also said that she can lecture on a subject, but it drives it home when the students hear the same topic from someone other than their teacher.”

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Fowler joins Second Harvest Heartland’s board of directors

Dec. 31, 2019 — Stacey Fowler Meittunen, who is our senior vice president of product innovation and development, was recently named as a member of Second Harvest Heartland’s board of directors. As a board member, Stacey brings more than 25 years of expertise in the food industry that will help guide the direction of the organization.

“I am delighted to join the board and to help lead efforts not just to provide food to people in need but to address policy and structural improvements that have a direct impact on the ability of young and old alike to live their best lives,” Stacey said regarding her recent appointment.

As the leader of Schwan's product innovation and development team, Stacey is responsible for research and development, new product portfolio management, corporate innovation strategy, cross-business growth platforms and core food platform alignment.

Through a network of more than 1,000 food shelves, pantries and meal programs, Second Harvest Heartland is leading the fight against hunger in the Upper Midwest. In addition to providing food to those in need, the food bank supports programs and policies that help children, senior, families and adults in need. It is affiliated with Feeding America, which is the leading nonprofit organization working to end hunger in the United States with a network of more than 200 food banks. In 2011, our company announced it had entered into an official partnership with Feeding America.

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