Minnesota State Fair Food Vendors to the Rescue!

September 6, 2012 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

Once the gates close and cleanup begins, what happens to all the leftover food that food vendors don’t use at the Minnesota State Fair? Thanks to many generous vendors and State Fair coordinators, our Food Rescue team was able to collect more than 5,000 pounds of leftover state fair food on Tuesday to feed our hungry neighbors!



Oatmeal, apples, limes, pickles, butter, relish, orange juice, licorice, milk, bacon, potato chips, muffins and more were collected from vendors such as Ball Park Café, Robbinsdale Dining Hall and the CW Twin Cities. On Thursday, Second Harvest Heartland will go back to the fairgrounds to collect another five pallets of oatmeal—an additional 2,500 pounds of food—to make the total amount of food collected over 7,500 pounds!

We’ve been working with the State Fair for years, but this was the first coordinated effort to get the word out to fair vendors that they are able to donate unopened, perishable and non-perishable goods after the fair has closed. We would like to thank State Fair License Administration Manager Dennis Larson for coordinating such a successful food rescue strategy!

This is an easy and efficient way to collect food for those in need in our community, and we look forward to working with the Minnesota State Fair and its food vendors for years to come!

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