Hunger Facts

Hunger Costs Annually at Least 1.6 Billion

$1.6 billion/year = The amount of money that the effect of hunger costs the state of Minnesota every year in healthcare, hospitalization, medication, education and other costs, including lost productivity at work and in school.

Source: University of Minnesota Food Industry Center, Cost and Benefit of Hunger Study, 2010


1 in 10 = The number of households in Minnesota affected by hunger. Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem. There is no corner of the state where hunger does not exist. The Feeding America Missing Meals Map illustrates the problem at a state and county level.

80m meals resized

80 million meals = the equivalent number of meals distributed by Second Harvest Heartland in 2016, to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs. Enough to feed a mid-sized city of 73,000 people, three meals a day, for a year.

55 percent fresh food

532,000 = The number of people Second Harvest Heartland serves each year.

  • More than 33% are under age 18.
  • 10% are seniors age 60 and up.
720000 miles

720,000 miles = The number of miles our fleet of trucks travels each year picking up and delivering food. This equates to approximately 29 times around the earth’s equator.

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More than 1,400 organizations and forty thousand of individuals generously contribute dollars and other resources to Second Harvest Heartland each year.

Food Insecurity

The USDA definition of food insecurity: Multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. More than 95% of households with very low food security are worried food would run out before they got money to buy more, could not afford a balanced meal, or regularly skipped a meal.

Source: USDA Definitions of Food Security

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