Food Industry Donations

55 percent fresh foodSecond Harvest Heartland relies greatly on food industry donations. We strive to make all donations easy to manage. We accept perishable, frozen, dry or bulk products that are:

  • Past their ‘best if used by’ date
  • Close-dated
  • Damaged (some restrictions apply)
  • Off-spec
  • Discontinued
  • Rejected but still safe for human consumption or use

To donate

For first-run, newly produced pallets of food, surplus truckloads of goods:

Kent Keckeisen

Kent Keckeisen
Food Sourcing Representative

For perishable items from retail businesses (produce, dairy, meat, bakery and shelf-stable):

April Rog

April Rog
Director of Food Rescue

Learn About Food Rescue

For locally-grown surplus produce and less-than-perfect produce:

Heidi Coe

Heidi Coe
Agriculture Sourcing Representative

Learn About Share Fresh MN

To meet high demand, Second Harvest Heartland is committed to developing new sources of fresh, wholesome food. We are proud of the increasing percentage of fresh food we offer, including agricultural surplus such as apples, corn and potatoes. Last year, we collected 7 million pounds of 20 different types of produce from 30 Minnesota growers.

You’re protected

The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Donations Act is a federal law ensuring that donors are protected from any civil and criminal liability, as long as the product is donated in good faith. In addition, our distribution center is AIB Compliant, ensuring that your donation will be handled safely. We encourage businesses to donate food and grocery products worry-free.

For more information about the Good Samaritan Donations Act, click here.

Many donations of product also are eligible for an enhanced tax deduction under IRS 170(C)(3). Please consult your tax adviser for details.

Featured partner: Jerry’s Foods Inc.

jerry's foods

Second Harvest Heartland would like to highlight Jerry’s Foods Inc. for their contribution to the Food Rescue Program in the Twin Cities metro area. In 2016, Jerry’s Foods Inc. stores provided more than 1.6 million meals to our neighbors in need, including fresh and nutritious produce, dairy, and protein items. Jerry’s Foods Inc.’s commitment to being an integral part of their communities as “The Neighborhood Place” shines in their Food Rescue Program!

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