Who We Are
Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative food banks. In 2014, we delivered more than 74 million meals to over 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other agency partner programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Second Harvest Heartland was created on October 1, 2001, when Second Harvest Greater Minneapolis and Second Harvest St. Paul joined forces to bring together more than 44 years of combined history and experience to the fight against hunger.
A member of Feeding America
Second Harvest Heartland is a member of Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the United States. Membership means access to millions of pounds of surplus food and grocery donations.
We focus on strong results, innovation and thought leadership to accomplish the following:
- Steward food, volunteer time and donations carefully through efficient operations and continually challenging ourselves to make resources work harder.
- Tap into a vast network to find new sources of donated food; including fresh, nutritious produce from an ever-expanding network of growers, food manufacturers and processors.
- Partner with others using hunger-related data to foster community conversations and solutions to solve hunger.
Our values are the behaviors and practices we focus on every day as we work with fellow employees and our partners. Our values are the ‘compass’ that guides us so that we can make our mission a reality.
How We Feed Neighbors in Need
Working with our wide network of partners, volunteers and donors, our 90,000+ square feet of dry, refrigerator and freezer space is constantly accepting and distributing donations. Our fleet of trucks travels nearly half a million miles a year, picking up food donations and delivering them to local food shelves, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior community centers and children’s feeding programs.
Our work is about more than moving food. It’s about making families whole again – making sure kids have the food they need to learn in school, relieving the stress of an empty cupboard for parents, or giving seniors a little bit more so they can stretch their dollars every month.