Loaves & Fishes Teams with Second Harvest Heartland to Create “The Hub"
Second Harvest Heartland is in the business of distributing large amounts of donated food to a variety of organizations and programs that directly serve clients. In fact, we work in close partnership with nearly 1,000 agency partner programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin that provide direct client service to people in need.
To better serve our hunger relief network, Second Harvest Heartland has teamed up with Loaves & Fishes to become a redistribution center to other metro meal programs. These programs include homeless and domestic violence shelters and after-school programs. The new Loaves & Fishes distribution center is called The Hub and will be open for ordering 24/7.
With the efficient and responsive food pipeline that serves hungry families in their expansive community meal programming, Loaves & Fishes has smoothly transitioned into a hub for food redistribution. The organization will now use their high-capacity warehouse and inventory system to serve smaller agencies and meal programs that may be struggling to meet Second Harvest Heartland’s minimum ordering and frequency requirements. Going forward, meal programs will have the option to partner with either Loaves & Fishes or Second Harvest Heartland to ensure that their programs continue to receive the food needed to serve their clients. The benefits to these small- to mid-size organizations includes cost savings when compared to retail, the ability to order just the right amount of food and access to a wider variety of food including farm-fresh produce.
Beth Cheeley-Baynes is the Facilities Coordinator at Casa de Esperanza, a 12-bed women and children’s shelter that was part of a pilot transition to partner exclusively with Loaves & Fishes. “It has been a great benefit for us to be able to order smaller quantities of items, especially fresh produce and fruit,” she said. “We were unable to get those products before because they were only offered in large quantities. Loaves & Fishes staff has also been very helpful and friendly, which I appreciate. I hope that we can continue this partnership.”
This is just one example of how Second Harvest Heartland and its partner agencies are implementing innovative new ways to feed a greater number of hungry families. Learn more about who and how we help.