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Stories of Ending Hunger

The Second Harvest Heartland Blog

What it looks like to end hunger together

White Bear Lake's new Community Market storefront

A New Community Market and Resource Hub in White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake’s new Community Market highlights the importance of addressing food insecurity through innovative models.

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Chefs in the Classroom: Preparing Kitchen Coalition Meals at Saint Paul College

Chef Jason Ross' course at Saint Paul College teaches aspiring chefs culinary practices while feeding the community.

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Prioritizing Dignity and Accessibility at Calvary Food Shelf

The volunteers and staff of Calvary Food Shelf pride themselves on a program that provides a dignified shopping experience and responds to community needs.

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Behind the Scenes with Second Harvest Heartland Employees

Meet some of Second Harvest Heartland's employees that are working together to make hunger history.

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A Community-Led Effort in Worthington

How the Worthington Community Came Together to Address Food Insecurity

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A Nutrition Q&A with Demand Planning Manager Sarah Andersen

Find out how the sourcing team at Second Harvest Heartland takes nutrition into account when deciding what foods to offer through our food bank.

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Lunch Time with Kitchen Coalition at Pathways on the Park

The Sanneh Foundation distributes Kitchen Coalition meals to a senior housing development in St. Paul.

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Second Harvest Heartland Employees at Hunger Day on the Hill

Preparing For Hunger Day on the Hill

Hunger Day on the Hill brought together advocates from all over the state of Minnesota to meet with their elected officials and discuss hunger relief policies.

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Behind The Wheel: Tagging Along During Kitchen Coalition Meal Pick-Up

Go behind the scenes as we pick up meals from kitchens around the Twin Cities.

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Good To Go: Food Rescue Makes For A Great Partnership Between Kwik Trip and Bountiful Basket

In Chaska, Bountiful Basket supplements their food shelf with food rescued from local Kwik Trip convenience stores, forging a valuable relationship in the fight against hunger.

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December 14, 2023 - Forging Connections at the 2023 Kitchen Coalition Summit

December 5, 2023 - Second Harvest Heartland Holiday Gift Guide 2023

November 20, 2023 - Celebrating Culture and Community with Food at Clues

November 16, 2023 - A Fulfilling Effort: The Ways in Which College Students Volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland

November 7, 2023 - "What Do We Value?" Behind The Scenes at Watonwan County Food Shelf

October 24, 2023 - A Feeling of Abundance

October 24, 2023 - Growing The Future: How Hy-Vee Keeps the Twin Cities Community Fed

October 13, 2023 - How Three Organizations Are Ensuring Good Food Fills Plates, Not Landfills

October 11, 2023 - It's Supporter Appreciation Week!

October 11, 2023 - It's All About That Trust: Providing Community at Harvest for the Heart

October 9, 2023 - 4 Reasons Why Minnesotans Need Food Assistance This Fall

September 22, 2023 - The Nurturing Work: A Nurse Practitioner Shares How SNAP Helped Her Navigate Uncertainty

September 21, 2023 - Keystone Community Services Stays on the Move

September 18, 2023 - How SNAP Helps Grocery Stores Make Food Accessible

September 12, 2023 - One Day at a Time

September 7, 2023 - College Food Pantries Provide More Than Just Between Class Snacks

August 30, 2023 - SNAP - A Bridge to Hope

August 29, 2023 - Feeding America's Feed Nourish Connect Conference Comes to Minnesota

August 25, 2023 - Visit Our Partners at the Minnesota State Fair

August 21, 2023 - Delivery Day at Pipestone Food Shelf

August 18, 2023 - Take Action to End Hunger this September

July 26, 2023 - Kitchen Coalition Meals Help Moms and Kids at Perspectives Thrive

July 20, 2023 - Gathering Support and Growing Community at Waconia's Food Shelf

July 5, 2023 - How Senior Food Box Delivery Helps Reaver Stretch her Grocery Budget

July 5, 2023 - Monthly Giving - The Most Impactful Way to Fight Hunger

June 29, 2023 - Supporting Food Programs in North Minneapolis Amid Uptick in Neighbor Visits

June 26, 2023 - Kitchen Coalition Serves People Who Need More than Groceries

June 13, 2023 - What was Gained for Hunger-Relief During the 2023 Legislative Session

June 1, 2023 - How Receiving Senior Food Boxes Helped Lynda Stay on Track

May 16, 2023 - The Early Birds Vegetable Farm is Helping End Hunger

May 5, 2023 - 4 Reasons Why People Need Food Assistance This Spring & Summer

April 21, 2023 - Creating Sustainable Celebrations with Prepared Food Rescue

April 21, 2023 - Coborn's is Helping People and the Planet Through Food Rescue

April 3, 2023 - Celebrating School Meals for All in Minnesota

March 31, 2023 - 'More Giving. More Forgiving': Meet the Formerly Incarcerated Volunteers at Bread of Life Food Pantry

March 30, 2023 - A 10th Birthday to Remember

February 27, 2023 - Welcoming Volunteers of All Abilities in the Fight Against Hunger

February 22, 2023 - Supporting Central Minnesota with Warmth and Variety

February 14, 2023 - Grant Funds Support Innovative Solutions that Fill Unmet Need

February 2, 2023 - Serving the Indigenous Community with Creativity and Care

February 1, 2023 - Minnesota Central Kitchen is now Kitchen Coalition!

January 6, 2023 - How Two Minnesota Colleges are Fighting Hunger on Campus

December 30, 2022 - Help Make 2023 Hunger-Free with Monthly Giving

November 21, 2022 - 4 Reasons Why People Need Food Assistance This Winter

November 9, 2022 - Neighbors Helping Neighbors at Minnesota Central Kitchen Partner NorthStar Health

October 28, 2022 - Farm Bill Listening Sessions

October 27, 2022 - COVID Adaptations Spark Lasting Changes for Food Shelves

October 21, 2022 - A Day in the Life of a Food Shelf Order

October 20, 2022 - Minnesota Central Kitchen in the Classroom and on the Mainstage

September 27, 2022 - A Fresh Resource for the Belle Plaine Community

August 11, 2022 - Advocacy Spotlight: Interview with Volunteer Ben Savin

July 26, 2022 - Thank you donors!

July 19, 2022 - Preparing for the 2023 Farm Bill

July 13, 2022 - Accessing Fresh and Local Foods with SNAP Market Bucks

June 29, 2022 - 5 Hunger-Fighting Reasons to Give Monthly

June 22, 2022 - End of Legislative Session Brings Missed Opportunities for Lawmakers to Address Food Insecurity

June 15, 2022 - How Haven Housing Gives Food a Second Chance with Food Rescue

June 14, 2022 - Five Food Donors Fighting Hunger in the Heartland

June 3, 2022 - From Farm to Food Bank: Q&A with The Good Acre

May 26, 2022 - Spotlighting Senior Hunger in Minnesota

May 19, 2022 - Meet the Team Helping to Keep Food Distributions Safe and Accessible!

May 18, 2022 - Why Schools Across Minnesota Are Essential to Ending Child Hunger

May 10, 2022 - Our Team is Varied, Our Team is Strong: Get to Know the Second Harvest Heartland Staff

May 9, 2022 - 4 Reasons Why People Need Food Assistance This Spring and Summer  

May 3, 2022 - Saint Paul Public Schools Celebrates their School Lunch Heroes Year Round

May 3, 2022 - Today’s Harvest Opens Second Location

May 2, 2022 - Minnesota Central Kitchen Offers Halal Meals to Muslim Communities During Ramadan and Beyond

April 27, 2022 - Volunteer Spotlight: Prime Digital Academy Student Cohort

April 21, 2022 - Get to Know Some of Second Harvest Heartland’s Volunteers

April 18, 2022 - Minnesota Central Kitchen is Creating Chef and Neighborhood Powered Meals

April 13, 2022 - How Two Multitasking Volunteers Are Helping End Hunger

April 7, 2022 - Volunteers Bring More Meals and More Heart to Second Harvest Heartland

April 5, 2022 - A SNAP-For-Seniors Q&A

April 1, 2022 - Help Fill Plates and Change Lives During 24-Hour Harvest!

March 25, 2022 - Join Us in Supporting Food Shelves During the FoodShare Campaign

March 22, 2022 - Food Sourcing Q&A with Sourcing and Demand Planning Director Julie Vanhove

March 18, 2022 - In the Right Place at a Difficult Time

March 14, 2022 - The Power of a Prepared Meal

March 2, 2022 - Making Hunger-Free Schools a Reality in Minnesota

February 24, 2022 - The Critical Addition to the Hunger Fight: Prepared Meals

February 21, 2022 - Food Shelf Fresh: Partnering with Local Farmers and Producers

February 14, 2022 - Using Data to Fight Hunger with Boston Consulting Group

February 10, 2022 - FOODRx and SNAP: Increasing Nutrition Access

January 21, 2022 - Expanding Our Reach, Strengthening Our Connections

January 20, 2022 - How Inflation Impacts the Hunger Relief System and How You Can Help

January 12, 2022 - So Much More Than a Food Shelf: CROSS Services in Rogers, MN

December 29, 2021 - Making a Difference Year-Round with Monthly Giving

December 14, 2021 - 4 Reasons Why Many Minnesotans Are Facing Hunger This Winter

November 24, 2021 - The MNbenefits Application is a Game-Changer for Minnesota Families

November 10, 2021 - From St. James to Robbinsdale, Our School Partners Deliver for Kids and Families

November 4, 2021 - Community Solutions: Partnering to End Hunger at the Local Level

October 27, 2021 - VEAP is Working to End Food Insecurity in the Southern Suburbs

October 21, 2021 - The Stepnick Family is Stepping Out to End Hunger This November

October 20, 2021 - Making the Hunger Relief System Work for Seniors across Minnesota

October 13, 2021 - 75 Years of Improving and Expanding School Lunches to Keep Kids Fed

October 7 , 2021 - Addressing the Racial Hunger Divide

September 30, 2021 - Enabling Choice Fosters Equity and Identity While Reducing Food Waste

September 23, 2021 - More Than a Meal: The Application for Educational Benefits

September 10, 2021 - Hope Youth Center and Pham’s Rice Bowl Are Caring for Community Kids at Midtown Global Market

September 9, 2021 - The Du Nord Foundation Community Market and Eat for Equity Team Up to Nourish South Minneapolis Neighbors

August 23, 2021 - The Good Acre is Building Equity by Supporting Farmers and Eaters

August 16, 2021 - I believe in the power of food.

August 12, 2021 - More Than a Meal: The Summer Food Service Program

July 27, 2021 - Thank You, Donors! Donor Appreciation Week, August 2-8

July 26, 2021 - Staying Cool This Summer with Our New Temperature-Controlled Clean Room

July 21, 2021 - 4 Reasons Why People Need Food Assistance Right Now

July 13, 2021 - A New Partnership Aims to More Fully Address Hunger in Rural Western Wisconsin

June 28, 2021 - Monthly Giving: A Lifeline For Neighbors Facing Hunger

June 25, 2021 - Midwest Dairy Makes Milk More Accessible

June 15, 2021 - We’re proud to announce that we have been awarded recertification as a Service Enterprise organization

June 14, 2021 - Resilience Through Food: The Celebration of Juneteenth

June 3, 2021 - Minnetonka High School Students Destigmatize SNAP

May 24, 2021 - This Spring, Hairnets Are In and Contaminants Are Out

May 7, 2021 - Girls Scouts Bring Joy to the Hunger Fight

May 5, 2021 - Partnering to Address Child Hunger in the Suburbs

April 29, 2021 - Join Us for Second Harvest Heartland’s First-Ever 24-Hour Harvest Giving Day on May 20

April 23, 2021 - Ready for the Road to Recovery

April 23, 2021 - Pro Bono Volunteers Help Advance Food Distribution Equity

April 16, 2021 - Dana and Mike Want YOU to Join Them as Volunteers

April 14, 2021 - Our Assessment of the American Rescue Plan Act

April 14, 2021 - A Skeptical Donor Finds Value in Charitable Gift Annuities

April 8, 2021 - The Fanucci Family: Channeling Grief Into Some “Outrageous Good”

April 6, 2021 - Two Jerries are Better than One

March 30, 2021 - Our Volunteers Are Finding Meaning, Building Skills, Strengthening Relationships and Helping Our Community

March 29, 2021 - The Crawford Family

March 29, 2021 - Meeting the Moment

March 29, 2021 - The Crisis that Changed Us

March 29, 2021 - Fueling the Work

March 29, 2021 - Delivering Peace of Mind

March 29, 2021 - Thank You to Our Health Care Provider Hunger Fighters

March 25, 2021 - Expert Spotlight: Rebecca Mino, Manager of Applied Research and Policy

March 3, 2021 - Expert Spotlight: FOODRx Program Manager and Registered Dietitian Jana Martin

February 26, 2021 - Northside Partners for Food Delivery Expands to 300 Families

February 15, 2021 - Doubling Down: Giving Today and Well into the Future

February 1, 2021 - What You Need to Know About Federal Policy Changes

January 28, 2021 - The Power of Pro Bono Volunteers

January 19, 2021 - What Role Do Farmers Play in Fighting Hunger?

January 19, 2021 - How Does a Trade War Impact a Food Bank?

January 14, 2021 - What Does it Mean to Rescue Food?

January 12, 2021 - Why Does a Food Bank Focus on School Meals?

January 8, 2021 - Welcome Sook Jin Ong, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

January 5, 2021 - What Makes SNAP So Great?

January 4, 2021 - Resolve to Make a Difference through Monthly Giving

December 22, 2020 - December Reflections: Advocacy and Public Policy

December 21, 2020 - Using Data to Drive the Hunger Fight

December 21, 2020 - Evolving Corporate Partnerships in Times of Crisis

December 18, 2020 - December Reflections: SNAP Outreach

December 16, 2020 - December Reflections: Transportation

December 15, 2020 - Rent Eats First: The Intersection of Hunger and Housing

December 14, 2020 - December Reflections: Child Hunger

December 11, 2020 - December Reflections: Food Bank Operations

December 8, 2020 - Meeting with Our Congressional Delegation

December 8, 2020 - December Reflections: Volunteer Services

December 4, 2020 - Our Stories of Giving and Receiving Help

November 25, 2020 - Celebrating Collaboration: Minnesota Central Kitchen

November 24, 2020 - A Thanksgiving Like No Other

November 11, 2020 - Surging Food Insecurity and a Deepening Hunger Divide

November 9, 2020 - When Working a Full-time Job Can’t Cut It

October 30, 2020 - Food Shelf Adaptations and Innovations in a Pandemic

October 16, 2020 - “I’m Looking Forward to Not Going Back to Normal”

October 12, 2020 - A Life—and End of Life Plan—Defined by Service

October 8, 2020 - The Seriousness of Senior Hunger

October 7, 2020 - Many Hearts, One Mission

September 18, 2020 - The Need for Prepared Meals in the Fight to End Hunger

September 18, 2020 - Make Your Plan to Vote to End Hunger This Fall

September 9, 2020 - Y’all, I Cooked That!

September 4, 2020 - Minnesota Central Kitchen Aims to Distribute One Million Prepared Meals

September 3, 2020 - Federal SNAP Program More Important Than Ever In Fight to Stop Hunger During the Coronavirus Pandemic

September 2, 2020 - One Woman’s Journey from Food Shelf Client to Coordinator

September 2, 2020 - Update to the Community: Food Resources

August 26, 2020 - Fill the Fridge, Minnesota: A SNAP FAQ

August 12, 2020 - Donor Spotlight: Harmony and Ava (H+A Dog Walking)

August 5, 2020 - Thank You, Donors!

August 4, 2020 - Update to the Community: Hunger and Health

July 31, 2020 - Minnesota Central Kitchen Partner Spotlight: The Sioux Chef

July 29, 2020 - Preparing for the Surge in Hunger

July 20, 2020 - Combating Child Hunger in a COVID-era Summer

July 6, 2020 - Why Monthly Giving Matters, Especially Now

June 26, 2020 - P-EBT Helps Fill the Gap of School Breakfast and Lunch During COVID-19

June 24, 2020 - New Study Predicts Historic Surge in Hunger

June 16, 2020 - Joan’s Plans Ensure Her Neighbors are Fed Long After She’s Gone

June 8, 2020 - Coming Together to Provide Food for Powderhorn Park Residents

May 26, 2020 - Breaking New Ground: Farmers are Crucial Hunger Fighters in the COVID-19 Era

May 19, 2020 - Minnesota Central Kitchen Teams Up with Surly Brewing Co. to Provide More Meals

May 11, 2020 - Produce Delivered to Every Corner of the County

May 8, 2020 - A Network Rises to the Food Rescue Challenge Amidst COVID-19

May 7, 2020 - Hear From Our Hunger-fighters on the Frontlines

May 5, 2020 - Four Ways We’ve Adjusted to Respond to COVID-19

May 1, 2020 - #GiveAtHomeMN—Minnesotans come together to support nonprofits impacted by COVID-19

April 28, 2020 - A Special Thank You to Our Volunteers

April 24, 2020 - Business Not as Usual: Food Production and Distribution in a Pandemic

April 22, 2020 - Rescuing Food—A Sustainable Way to Solve Hunger

April 20, 2020 - From Receiving Food-assistance to the Frontlines of Fighting Hunger

April 17, 2020 - Coming Together to Feed More Minnesotans: The Story Behind Minnesota Central Kitchen

April 16, 2020 - A Father’s Philanthropic Legacy Helps Feed Minnesotans

April 13, 2020 - Q & A with Hunger-fighter Dave Henseler

April 10, 2020 - Packing Up Produce for the Lower Sioux Community

April 6, 2020 - Senior Hunger in Rural Minnesota

April 1, 2020 - Thank you, Volunteers!

Mach 31, 2020 - United In Hunger Relief

March 27, 2020 - Get Help Finding Food - We Have the Resources You Need!

March 17, 2020 - Introducing: Minnesota Central Kitchen

March 6, 2020 - High School Students Reflect on the Problem of Hunger

March 5, 2020 - Know the Signs of Child Hunger

March 2, 2020 - Meet the Harvest Crew

February 28, 2020 - The Secret to Setting Kids Up for Success?

February 28, 2020 - Celebrate the Most Important Meal of the Day

February 11, 2020 - Doing the Work They Love to Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors

February 6, 2020 - With Estate Gift, Couple Ensures Everyone has a Place at the Table

January 31, 2020 - Longtime Volunteer Memorialized with Food and Fund Drive

January 30, 2020 - A Warm Meal = A Fresh Start for Terrence

January 24, 2020 - Peanut Butter: The Perfect Shelf-stable Protein

January 21, 2020 - Future Hunger Fighters: Minnetonka High School Students Fight Stigma

January 21, 2020 - Partners in Life, Work and Fighting Hunger

January 3, 2020 - Hunger Relief By the Numbers 2019