Who We Are
Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative food banks. We have created a sustainable support system that provides access to food. Helping hungry neighbors find their next meal—so they can strive at work, in the classroom and in their communities—is what drives Second Harvest Heartland, its partners and supporters.
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—the nationwide network of more than 200 foodbanks serving every state in the United States. This partnership helps to significantly amplify the organization’s impact and reach by providing access to millions of pounds of surplus food and grocery donations.
We focus on strong results, innovation and thought leadership to accomplish the following:
- Create a sustainable support system that provides access to food.
- Find new, more efficient and more effective, ways to do more with the food resources in our community.
- Tap into new sources of donated food; including fresh, nutritious produce from an ever-expanding network of growers, food manufacturers and processors.
- Work to give more people greater access to food as well as improve support for the people we’re currently serving.
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. In 2015, we delivered more than 77 million meals to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.