Food Industry Donations

55 percent fresh foodSecond 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

Kent Keckeisen
Food Sourcing Representative

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

April Rog

April Rog
Food Rescue Program Manager

Learn About Food Rescue

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

Heidi Coe

Heidi Coe
Agriculture Sourcing Representative

Learn About Share Fresh MN

tripled produce 2017

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 11 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: Cub and Hormel

Cub and Hormel

Thanks to Cub, Hormel and Cub shoppers - Second Harvest Heartland received about 13,000 pounds of Hormel hams and 64,000 pounds of turkey just in time for the holidays. Hams and turkeys are a great source of protein and are always high in demand with our agency partners. These generous donations helped ensure thousands of families in our community had a wonderful holiday meal to sit down to last year.

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