Food Industry Donations

53 Percent Fresh FoodsSecond Harvest Heartland relies greatly on food industry donations. We strive to make all donations easy to manage. We accept perishable, frozen, dry or bulk products that are:

  • Past their ‘best if used by’ date
  • Close-dated
  • Damaged (some restrictions apply)
  • Off-spec
  • Discontinued
  • Rejected but still safe for human consumption or use

To donate

For first-run, newly produced pallets of food, surplus truckloads of goods:

Kent Keckeisen
Contact

Kent Keckeisen
Food Sourcing Representative
651.282.0853
kkeckeisen@2harvest.org

For perishable items from retail businesses (produce, dairy, meat, bakery and shelf-stable):

April Rog
Contact

April Rog
Food Rescue Program Manager
651.282.0876
arog@2harvest.org

Learn About Food Rescue

For locally-grown surplus produce and less-than-perfect produce:

Heidi Coe
Contact

Heidi Coe
Agriculture Sourcing Representative
651.282.2855
hcoe@2harvest.org

Learn About Share Fresh MN

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To meet high demand, Second Harvest Heartland is committed to developing new sources of fresh, wholesome food. We are proud of the increasing percentage of fresh food we offer, including agricultural surplus such as apples, corn and potatoes. Last year, we collected 9.8 million pounds of produce from nearly 50 different growers, and continue to expand the variety of types of produce we offer.

You’re protected

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Donations Act is a federal law ensuring that donors are protected from any civil and criminal liability, as long as the product is donated in good faith. In addition, our distribution center is AIB Compliant, ensuring that your donation will be handled safely. We encourage businesses to donate food and grocery products worry-free.

For more information about the Good Samaritan Donations Act, click here.

Many donations of product also are eligible for an enhanced tax deduction under IRS 170(C)(3). Please consult your tax advisor for details.

Featured partner: General Mills

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General Mills has the greatest impact where their company’s key strengths intersect with community needs. Their goal is to strengthen communities by increasing food security. General Mills has done this by providing Second Harvest Heartland 5,276,057 meals locally since 2003.

Thank you General Mills for your generosity.

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