Product and financial donations from local and national producers and manufacturers
Minnesota Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster
More than 20,000 individual donors and more than 5,000 volunteers
Member Agencies include:
Domestic Abuse Shelters
We serve 1,000+ member agencies and programs in 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin Partnerships allow us to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable community members.
How we distribute food Second Harvest Heartland distributes food to 1,000+ member agencies and programs (food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.) in 59 counties Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Hunger-Fighting Programs Child Hunger Programs help provide healthy snack and meal components and nutrition education to eligible after-school and summer care services. The Produce Program receives fresh fruits and vegetables by donation and distributes them to local neighborhoods. The Purchase Program combines a revolving fund with our volume purchasing power to buy high-demand food and hygiene products that are not typically donated.
Hunger-Fighting Programs Food Outreach is the newest SHH program. SHH partners with local churches and other organizations to increase the amount of food available to hungry people in areas that may need additional resources. SHH delivers a truckload of food to the host’s site. Volunteers help distribute the food to 300-500 families in a 3-5 hour period. Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides 35-pound boxes of nutritionally balanced USDA food each month to an average of 10,000 income-eligible seniors, mothers and children (0-6 years).
Hunger-Fighting Programs Food Banking is the foundation for all our programs. SHH receives donations from the food industry and community and distributes them to our 1000+ member agencies. The Food Rescue Program collects prepared and perishable food from Twin Cities’ retailers, restaurants, cafeterias and corporate food services.
Where we get our food: 70% Donations 20% TEFAP & CSFP 8% Purchased 2% Food Drives
Second Harvest Heartland distributes more than 41 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food and grocery products annually.
Hunger exists in the United States Hunger: uneasy or painful sensations caused by lack of food. Food Insecurity: individuals or families not knowing where the next meal is coming from, or if there is enough to eat for the coming week.
… Children An average of 132,213 Minnesota children are food insecure, for a total of 10.64%, or 1 out of 11. More than 50% of households who access food shelves are raising children. The impact of even mild nutritional deprivation can impede cognitive development and impair children’s capacities over a lifetime.
… Working Families The fastest growing group of food shelf clients is the working poor. 49% of households using food shelves report that paid employment is the family’s major source of income.
… Seniors Two out of five seniors will fall below the poverty line at some point between the ages of 60 and 90 Nearly 1 out of 3 older Americans are at high risk for malnutrition, which results in higher risk for heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes and osteoporosis
Even though you may never meet the people who will be served by your efforts today, please know that because of you, people at risk for hunger have access to much needed nutritious food. As our partner in ending hunger in the heartland, you make the difference!