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 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?
Through the “Farm to Foodshelf” grant you can make a difference in the lives of hungry Minnesotans and receive the added benefit of financial support. Farm to Foodshelf is a $1.1 million appropriation funded by the State of Minnesota to help agricultural producers and processors offset the cost to harvest and package their donated fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go unharvested or be discarded, or be sold in a secondary market.
Funding for Share Fresh is provided by AgriBank, Michael Foods and Change Happens Foundation.