With four weeks to go, Second Harvest Heartland hopeful for state support of new facility


April 24, 2018 By: Marcus Schmit

With four weeks to go, Second Harvest Heartland hopeful for state support of new facility

Second Harvest Heartland’s top priority before the Minnesota state legislature in 2018 is securing $18 million in general obligation bonding from the State of Minnesota to support the $50 million overhaul of a new statewide food bank distribution facility in Brooklyn Park. With only four weeks to go before the state legislature wraps up, we’re hopeful the state will step up to support hungry Minnesotans.

As the hub of Minnesota’s emergency food system, the time is now for Second Harvest Heartland to transition to a larger, more efficient facility with enhanced refrigeration that will enhance our ability to source, store and distribute more healthy food that will reach hundreds of thousands of hungry Minnesotans in every Minnesota county. The return on the state’s $18 million investment will be significant according to an analysis conducted by The Boston Consulting Group:

  • 68 million more meals will be generated annually that will reach more than 300,000 kids, seniors and families who do not have enough food to eat;
  • 100 new jobs will be created in the region;
  • more Minnesotans will remain healthy, working and contributing to their communities.

Leading the way for Second Harvest Heartland at the Capitol are State Representative Dario Anselmo (R-Edina) and State Senator Paul Anderson (R-Plymouth). These legislators authored bills that will fund this critical investment and secured hearings before the House and Senate Capital Investment Committees this spring, where Second Harvest Heartland CEO Rob Zeaske and key partners highlighted the significant need for and benefits of the project. Andrew Zimmern, celebrity chef and honorary chair of Second Harvest Heartland’s Capital Campaign Committee, testified on our behalf and held a press conference with our bipartisan team of legislators.


Although most Minnesotans and legislators agree that no one should go hungry here, we need your help to close the deal. Please join us May 9 for Second Harvest Heartland’s “Take the Hill for Hunger” event in the Capitol Rotunda and connect with your legislators so they know how important Second Harvest Heartland is to you.

With your help, we can reach more hungry Minnesotans with the healthy food they need!

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