Share Fresh Minnesota
Second Harvest Heartland is committed to expanding partnerships with local growers to access the abundance of fresh produce available right in the heartland.
In 2015, Second Harvest Heartland joined forces with the five other Feeding America food banks serving Minnesota in order to expand efforts to bring more fresh food into the hunger-relief system. The Share Fresh Minnesota program collects excess produce from farmers and growers and distributes the locally-grown, fresh food to food shelves and other hunger-relief agencies.
Are you a Minnesota farmer interested in sharing excess produce with those in need?
Now there is another reason to consider participating in the Share Fresh Minnesota program, with added support from the “Farm to Foodshelf” grant—funded by the State of Minnesota—to help agricultural producers and processors offset the cost to harvest and pack for shipping their donated fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go unharvested or unsold.
Sourcing more fresh produce beyond Share Fresh Minnesota
- Food Rescue – last year over half of the food collected and distributed was fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Produce Capture Institute (PCI) – Through the efforts of the PCI, Second Harvest Heartland opened a Produce Bagging Center at the Golden Valley facility. This pilot project will allow us to rescue an additional 2.5 million pounds of produce for distribution into the emergency food system with the help of volunteers and a produce bagging machine.
- Fresh Produce Distributions – In 2015, Second Harvest Heartland partnered with local agencies to pilot supplemental distributions of fresh produce in high-need areas. Second Harvest Heartland will continue to expand fresh produce distribution opportunities in an effort to get more nutritious foods into the communities that need it the most.
Funding for Share Fresh is provided by the General Mills Foundation, AgriBank, Michael Foods and the Change Happens Foundation.