Food Industry Donations
Second 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
- Damaged (some restrictions apply)
- Rejected but still safe for human consumption or use
For first-run, newly produced pallets of food, surplus truckloads of goods:
For perishable items from retail businesses (produce, dairy, meat, bakery and shelf-stable):
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.
Farm to Foodshelf Grant supports Grower's Generosity
Through the “Farm to Foodshelf” grant you can make a difference in the lives of hungry Minnesotans and receive the added benefit of financial support. Farm to Foodshelf is a $1.1 million appropriation funded by the State of Minnesota to help agricultural producers and processors offset the cost to harvest and package their donated fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go unharvested or be discarded, or be sold in a secondary market.
If you find yourself with extra vegetables or fruit crops that would otherwise go unharvested or be discarded, we ask that you consider donating them. You may donate your excess produce that is still perfectly safe and edible to our neighbors in need.
To donate locally grown surplus produce and less-than-perfect produce, or learn more about the Farm to Foodshelf Grant:
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.