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Delivering Hope Where It’s Needed Most

No One Should Go Hungry

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.

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    90 meals

  • $50
    150 meals

  • $100
    300 meals

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    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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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Support Second Harvest Heartland on GivingTuesday – a global celebration of giving. Your gift can be matched by a generous group of donors up to $100,000. That means just $1 can provide 6 meals for locals who need the support. That’s making a real impact!

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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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Senior Nutrition Box Pickup Moves to Brooklyn Park

Senior Nutrition Box Pickup Moves to Brooklyn Park

More than 1,500 seniors age 60+ come to our headquarters for free boxes of nutritious food.

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Preparing for the 2023 Farm Bill

Preparing for the 2023 Farm Bill

Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill, which sets funding levels and requirements for nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Second Harvest Heartland is working with partners across the state to strengthen these important hunger-fighting programs in the 2023 Farm Bill.

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