Fresh Ideas, Fresh Food
By working to access available fresh, wholesome food, we are increasing the amount of available produce and other fresh items like meat and dairy products to our hungry neighbors year-round. While traditional sources of food donations like cans and boxes of shelf-stable food are declining the need for food isn’t. It is critical that we work to collect and create access to food from sources like farms and grocery stores.
While our partnership continues with local growers, last year our produce rescue efforts expanded nationally in order to focus on collection of available agricultural products year-round. Through the Midwest Region Produce Cooperative, we partnered with food banks across the Midwest to lead with collection and distribution throughout our region.
“With Second Harvest Heartland spearheading the mixing center, we have time to look at numbers of people we’re serving, reduce our costs and reduce our waste,” said Michael Gudenrath, Food Source Manager at Food Bank for the Heartland in Omaha, Nebraska
Retail Food Rescue
Our Retail Food Rescue program continues to be our largest source of donated food. This program provides an innovative solution to food waste for local retailers and connects our agency partners directly with retailers. Although logistically complex, most of the food from this program will never reach our warehouse. Instead, through our agency partners, it will go directly on to the plates of our hungry neighbors.
Read more about our efforts to not only help more people who struggle with hunger, but strengthen partnerships that allow for us to collect, distribute and warehouse the wholesome food people need in our recent annual Community Report.