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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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A partnership with Kare11 Sunrise


For every $1 you contribute, we can provide three meals to neighbors in need, and 92.5% of your donation goes directly to programs and services designed to end hunger.



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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Summer Meals for Kids

Summer Meals for Kids

When school is not in session, food insecurity for kids ticks up. While school meals help meet the nutritional needs for children nine months out of the year, summer is a time of greater need for kids in Minnesota. That’s why we’re teaming up with KARE 11 Sunrise to ensure that kids have access to meals this summer and beyond, so they are free to have fun.

Read on for details on how to get involved and support the fight against hunger during the month of June.

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Celebrating School Meals for All in Minnesota

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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End of COVID Emergency SNAP (E-SNAP)

End of COVID Emergency SNAP (E-SNAP)

Due to recent action by the federal government, COVID Emergency SNAP (E-SNAP) benefits are ending soon. The final E-SNAP payments will be dispersed in March, and benefits will go back to the standard amount in April.

Learn more and find extra help here
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CBS NEWS: Retail Food Rescue

CBS NEWS: Retail Food Rescue

See how a local organization diverts food from landfill to give to families in need.

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MPR NEWS: Why hunger is rising in Minnesota

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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