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Where It’s Needed Most

Delivering Hope

We operate across the emergency food chain to distribute healthy food, partner with community resources, and help our neighbors thrive.

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More than 813,000 people - 1 in 6 of your neighbors - reached out for food help last year. With inflation and sky-high grocery prices, the need is greater today. Your support helps provide much-needed food to local families who are missing meals.

  • $30
    90 meals

  • $50
    150 meals

  • $100
    300 meals

  • Enter Donation
    600 meals




The pervasiveness of hunger has become undeniable, and demand for food assistance continues to rise. But, working together, we all make it easier for our neighbors to reach out when they need help. We're feeding families. We're changing lives.

We believe hunger is a solvable problem

There is more than enough food for everyone. As one of the nation’s largest hunger relief agencies, it’s our job to make sure healthy, nutritious food gets to the households who need it. Every day, we’re working together to source and distribute food efficiently, advocate for effective policies and programs, and invest in new ways to end hunger in the heartland.
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We Can Help

Need Food?

Hunger can happen to anyone. Second Harvest Heartland can help you find free food near you, and connect you with other food assistance resources.


See how our food bank team, our network of local partners, and our generous volunteers and donors are working to end hunger together.
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September is Hunger Action Month!

In honor of Hunger Action Month, your gift made by September 30 can DOUBLE in impact to provide twice as many meals, thanks to matching funds from Delta Air Lines, ALCIVIA and other generous…

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Stories of Hunger and Hope in the Heartland

The spring/summer issue of Heartland Connection, Second Harvest Heartland's print newsletter, is now available. Read about partners like The Bread of Life Food Pantry changing lives in North…

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Summer Meals For Kids

Free Meals for Children 18 and Younger Find a location near you to pick up free meals and snacks during the summer for children age 18 and younger.

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Celebrating School Meals for All in Minnesota

On Friday, March 17, a bill was signed that will provide free school meals to more than 600,000 children in Minnesota. An amazing step forward in our mission toward ending hunger in the heartland.

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MPR NEWS: Why hunger is rising in Minnesota

CEO Allison O'Toole and Mankato's ECHO Food Shelf Manager Deisy De Leon Esqueda talk with MPR News' Angela Davis about why hunger is rising in Minnesota and what can be done to help.

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