Food Services and Programs
As one of the nation’s largest and most efficient food banks, we collect and distribute food through a variety of programs and services:
Food collection services
Second Harvest Heartland sources and collects food from a variety of generous donors.
Second Harvest Heartland collects, stores and distributes millions of pounds of food each year.
Harvest to End Hunger
This initiative brings more fresh food into the hunger relief system.
Every day, our Food Rescue team collects thousands of pounds of produce, dairy, deli, meat, bakery and grocery items from more than 350 grocery retail partners.
Produce Capture Institute
This first-of-its kind resource within the Feeding America network leverages Second Harvest Heartland’s growing expertise in locally sourcing surplus agricultural products.
Food distribution partners and programs
Second Harvest Heartland is in the business of distributing large amounts of donated food to a variety of organizations and programs that directly serve clients.
Second Harvest Heartland works with more than 1,000 agency partner programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin that provide direct client service to people in need.
SFSP (Summer Food Service Program)
The Summer Food Service Program offers an opportunity for communities to ensure that children in need are given free and nutritious meals throughout the summer months.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Food Stamps) Outreach
Our specialists work to inform and educate eligible hungry people about already-funded federal SNAP assistance.
CSFP (Community Supplemental Food Program)
Once a month, Second Harvest Heartland fulfills this federal nutrition program by providing a box of nutritious food to low-income seniors 60 years and over.
Child Hunger Initiative
Second Harvest Heartland is committed to a number of powerful efforts in our Child Hunger Initiative that help more children and families gain access to wholesome food.