The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes is a compassionate humanitarian organization dedicated to feeding families and enriching lives.
Located in Nisswa, 80-90% of the meals we package will be distributed right here in Minnesota. We provide 10 different nutrient dense meals for only $.30 each.
All around us we see that hunger can affect people from all walks of life. Many households are just one job loss, missed paycheck, or medical emergency away from hunger. Together we can end hunger…one meal at a time.
John Poston founded Kids Against Hunger Brainerd Lakes in 2012. John was volunteering with Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (MNTC), driving van loads of MNTC participants from Brainerd, MN to Coon Rapids, MN to serve at Feed My Starving Children. After several road trips, John had a vision to create something similar in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
The mission of Kids Against Hunger Brainerd Lakes was to feed children in third world countries that were starving. We offered 1 meal type that was a rice/veggie mix. As the charity grew, we started to realize that not only did people have food insecurity across the sea, it was also a problem right here at home.
In 2019, the charity re-branded to The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes. The mission and vision changed with the re-brand. Our mission today is focused on feeding families and enriching lives. Our vision is that 80-90% of the meals we package and distribute will remain in Minnesota; with the remaining 10-20% being used for disaster relief and/or international distribution. We have grown our meal types from 1 to 10 different meals.
Our Leadership Team
Shawn is our Executive Director at The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in psychology and has spent 15 years in corporate accounting, 9 years in corporate training, and 8 years as the Chamber of Commerce president. She brought years of experience and knowledge to The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes in 2019. She has a compassionate drive to feed people, partner with community volunteers, and impact our community for good. When she is not planning and dreaming of ways to end hunger, she loves to spend time with her three grandchildren.
Tina is our Community Coordinator at The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes. Tina has been a lifelong learner and from her early years working in her family’s business she has learned many roles, from working with customers in the front office, to accounting, to general production. She has a passion for making sure no child goes to bed hungry and we see that each time she encourages volunteers, interacts with donors, and communicates our mission with clarity and passion. When she is not using her gifts to end hunger, she loves to read, cook, garden, and spend time with her kids.