NASCIO Members Give Back to Minneapolis, Original Location of NASCIO 2020 Annual Conference
LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, November 5, 2020 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) provided a $11,000 donation to Minnesota Central Kitchen. The organization brings together restaurants, caterers, local farmers and hunger-fighting organizations to tackle hunger and layoffs brought on by the coronavirus. When NASCIO was originally planning to hold an in-person conference, the event was to be held in Minneapolis. The NASCIO Programs Committee chose to give back to the city even though the annual conference was held virtually.
Donations were collected virtually during the 2020 NASCIO Annual Conference and NASCIO state, corporate and nonprofit members donated through individual contributions. NASCIO corporate members Carahsoft, Fortinet, KPMG, NIC and Tanium sponsored this year’s Give Back Program and contributed to the donation total.
Minnesota Central Kitchen hires laid off food-service workers to prepare meals with donated/rescued food for those in need; serving over 42,000 individual and family-style takeout meals per week to hungry Minnesotans. The effort is led by Second Harvest Heartland, a member of Feeding America.
To learn more about Minnesota Central Kitchen, visit https://www.2harvest.org/who–how-we-help/services-and-programs/minnesota-central-kitchen.html.
Director of Policy and Research
National Association of State Chief Information Officers