Food Donations

ways to donate foodSecond Harvest Heartland relies on donations from community partners including grocery stores, manufacturers, farmers, restaurants and individuals to support our mission to end hunger together.

COVID-19 Update: To maximize safety and efficiency, we encourage that walk-up food donations from individuals—as well as food drive donations—be delivered directly to one of our food shelf and nonprofit partners. Visit to find a food shelf or other hunger-relief program in your area.

  • Donations from the food industry

    Donations from food industry manufacturers, distributors and retailers are the backbone of our hunger-fighting efforts. Whether donated products are first-run, surplus, or perishable, we work together to put this food to good use.

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  • Donations from farmers/growers

    We partner with farmers and growers who share a portion of their harvest or crop revenue to help families in need.

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  • Donations from individuals/groups

  • Make a financial donation

    Donating money is the most effective way to get food to our neighbors. Second Harvest Heartland combines your dollars with large-scale food donations from grocery stores, farmers and other partners, multiplying your gift to make the biggest impact possible. For every $1 donated, Second Harvest Heartland and our hunger-relief partners can distribute over $7 worth of food and groceries.

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  • Host a virtual drive

    During this time of high demand, consider hosting a fundraiser instead of a food drive to make a bigger impact on hunger in our communities. It’s easy to set up an online fundraiser to collect donations from your network of friends, family, or coworkers.

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  • Food donations from individuals / walk-up donations

    Non-perishable food donations from individuals are accepted at our facilities. However, at this time we encourage you to deliver all individual food donations directly to a community hunger-relief partner to maximize efficiency and get food to those who need it as quickly as possible. Visit to find a food shelf or other hunger-relief program in your area.

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