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.
Expanding partnerships with local growers to access the abundance of fresh produce available right in the heartland.
Retail Food Rescue
Partnering with retail grocers in our communities to divert food being removed from their store shelves to feed hungry people.
Midwest Region Produce Cooperative
Reducing produce distribution barriers for participating members.
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 nearly 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.
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.