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:

fresh food 2008 to 2016

Food collection services

Second Harvest Heartland sources and collects food from a variety of generous donors.

  • Food Bank

    Second Harvest Heartland collects, stores and distributes millions of pounds of food each year.

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  • Share Fresh 

    Expanding partnerships with local growers to access the abundance of fresh produce available right in the heartland.

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  • Food Rescue

    Partnering with retail grocers in our communities to divert food being removed from their store shelves to feed hungry people.

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  • Midwest Region Produce Cooperative

    Reducing produce distribution barriers for participating members.

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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.

Food shelf client Kent

  • Agency Partners

    Second Harvest Heartland works with nearly 1,000 agency partner programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin that provide direct client service to people in need.

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  • 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.

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  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Food Stamps) Outreach

    Our specialists work to inform and educate eligible hungry people about already-funded federal SNAP assistance.

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  • 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.

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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.

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Healthcare Initiative

Collaboration between the healthcare and hunger relief sectors offers an opportunity to improve outcomes for our low-income neighbors in addition, to reach new neighbors through a sustainable, trusted channel.

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