The Fight Against Hunger Just Got Stronger

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September 23, 2019 By: Tina Mortimer Category: SHH News

It’s official! Second Harvest Heartland’s new, state-of-the-art volunteer space is open and ready for the hunger fight. All we need is you!

What was once an empty warehouse just two years ago has been completely transformed into a mighty hunger-relief operation that will help us deliver more healthy food by accommodating more than twice the volunteers our current facility fits, allowing us to drastically increase the amount of produce we distribute.  

The volunteer center is the first area to open in our new Brooklyn Park hunger-relief center. While we still have a few finishing touches to add and the formal ribbon-cutting isn’t until October 10, we are already welcoming groups of volunteers to sort and repack food. The entire facility—featuring larger coolers, a better fleet of trucks and more—will open in the spring of 2020. Second Harvest Heartland’s Maplewood site will continue operating.

A First Glance at Our New Space

To offer volunteers a fun, interactive and accommodating work environment, we’ve created a space that is both welcoming and functional with plenty of amenities that will have you planning your next visit before you finish your first shift.


  • Our food sorting and repacking area has multiple repacking zones where different shifts can happen simultaneously. The sorting and repacking room gives volunteers a whopping 24,000 square feet of space to accommodate up to 180 people at one time, resulting in more community power to end hunger. Coming in April 2020, we’ll be introducing two clean rooms and a temperature-controlled space for repacking meat.
  • Our beautiful welcome area includes a lounge with a coffee bar perfect for socializing before and after your shift; a spacious locker room to store your belongings, lock up your valuables and change shoes; modern restrooms, and a private room for nursing mothers or those looking for a quiet space to meditate.
  • Two large, state-of-the-art community rooms are available to rent for conferences, lunch events between volunteer shifts, meetings and networking. Each room is equipped with a large projector and wireless connectivity. Video conferencing is also available when both rooms are reserved.
  • A fully functional catering kitchen is ready to be used in conjunction with the community rooms. The kitchen includes large refrigerators, a warming oven, a dishwasher and ample storage space.
  • And that’s not all. When our new facility is complete, it will be home to a variety of art installations, a community harvest table, a commercial kitchen, and much more. Additionally, we will be strengthening our partnership with CEAP by housing an office space for their organization where clients can pick up their CSFP boxes (commodity supplemental food program) and access additional services.

Let’s Do This!

Now that we have our new volunteer space, all we need is YOU! Filling every table is a big challenge to be sure, but with your help in our new facility we have everything we need to make every contribution go as far as possible. With your help, we will be well on our way to fill every table,  providing 112 million meals by 2025. We can’t wait to see you at our new volunteer center. Sign up for a volunteer shift today.


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