Most Needed Items

Most Needed Items

In the fight against hunger, every donation counts. Second Harvest Heartland accepts product donations ranging in size from individual cases to multiple truckloads. Your donation will be redistributed efficiently and effectively to our network of 960 programs, food shelves, soup kitchens and shelters that serve working families, children and seniors in need. And today that need is greater than ever.

It’s important to remember the Fund part of your Food & Fund Drive. For every $1 donated, Second Harvest Heartland is able to distribute nearly four meals to our partners in the fight against hunger. Monetary donations are the most efficient way to donate, and many people simply find it easier to write a tax-deductible check than to shop for extra groceries and deliver them to the site of a food drive. Promoting fund donations will help ensure the success of your drive.

While we appreciate every single food donation, we strive to offer a diversity of food that helps balance nutritional intake and diet - especially important to children, seniors, immigrants and those with health challenges. Second Harvest Heartland also provides various household products that provide families with additional assistance in making ends meet.

Our most needed items:

  • Meats, fish and protein – canned tuna, ham or chicken, beef stew, chili, peanut butter, canned/dried beans
  • Fruits and vegetables – 100% fruit juice, canned fruits and vegetables, instant potatoes, fruit preserves
  • Complete meals – pasta & sauce, boxed meals, hearty soups
  • Grains – cereal, rice
  • Hygiene products – shampoo, deodorant, soap, diapers, toilet paper, feminine hygiene, toothpaste
  • Cleaning supplies – laundry detergent, paper towels, kitchen and bathroom cleaners

No glass containers, perishable items or home canned foods please!

To find out more about making commercial donations to our Food Bank Program, please call Tony Mans, Director of Food Sourcing at 651.209.7956.

To start your own Food & Fund Drive, or just to find out more, contact Julie Greene, Corporate Engagement Coordinator, or call 651.209.7915.

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