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

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 v2

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: Festival Foods

Festival Foods logo (med)

Festival Foods, Minnesota retailer specializing in fresh local foods, came to the Food Rescue table just over a year ago committed and ready to donate nutritious unsold foods. Their teams of committed staff work every day to donate high-quality nutritious food, including produce, meat and dairy products for the communities of Hugo, Lexington and Circle Pines, Brooklyn Park, Andover, White Bear Lake and Bloomington.

In their first year of partnership, Festival Foods has contributed more than 266,688 meals for our neighbors in need. Thank you, Festival Foods!

Take action now. Donate Volunteer Participate