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ENDING HUNGER TOGETHER

"When you’ve got food in the fridge … that just makes all the difference. You feel like you’re ready for what’s ahead." - Aaron Crawford from Apple Valley, Minnesota

HUNGER IN THE HEARTLAND

No one can reach their full potential when they’re hungry. And yet...

1 IN 17 NEIGHBORS

In Minnesota experienced food insecurity in 2020. That's 338,000 people.

1 IN 11 KIDS

Didn't have regular access to the nutrition needed to thrive.

25% OF BLACK HOUSEHOLDS

In Minnesota experienced food insecurity compared to 4% of White households.

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FAMILIES ARE STILL STRUGGLING

The Need is Real

When COVID-19 hit, we stepped up emergency food support. Now, we’re helping tackle the impact of inflation and rising food costs. Yet, on any given day, nearly a half million Minnesotans still face hunger.

Working Together We Can Keep Fridges Filled

Side-by-side with local food shelves, restaurants, partner agencies and supporters, we work tirelessly to source and distribute healthy food where it’s needed most.

With our community of generous donors, volunteers, and advocates we’re the engine that fuels hunger relief across our region with efficiency, innovation and scale.
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In ending hunger together

There’s a role for each of us to play

We use our unique position in the emergency food chain to get food where it’s needed most and close the hunger divide. But, we can’t do any of this work alone. You can help by donating money, volunteering your time, advocating for hunger-relief causes–and so much more!

EXPLORE OUR STORIES

See what hunger looks like today, where our neighbors need us most, and how we’re making a difference in the lives of children, seniors and working families across our community.
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Why Schools Across Minnesota Are Essential to Ending Child Hunger

Why Schools Across Minnesota Are Essential to Ending Child Hunger

Meeting kids and families where they are is an effective way to combat hunger, and schools have an important role to play when it comes to connecting families to reliable, healthy foods. With summer months fast approaching, schools will continue to play a vital role to ensure that kids have access to meals even when school is not in session.

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Community Solutions: Partnering to End Hunger at the Local Level

Community Solutions: Partnering to End Hunger at the Local Level

At Second Harvest Heartland, we fight to end hunger every day by working closely with more than 1,000 agency partner programs throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Listening closely to the unique needs of every community is one of the most important parts of successful collaboration.

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Expanding Our Reach, Strengthening Our Connections

Expanding Our Reach, Strengthening Our Connections

At Second Harvest Heartland, we have been working harder than ever to support our trusted community partners in the fight to end hunger. We are addressing systemic changes at every level and championing policies and programs that go beyond ending hunger by providing nutrition security.

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Making the Hunger Relief System Work for Seniors across Minnesota

Making the Hunger Relief System Work for Seniors across Minnesota

By providing food assistance through programs like NAPS, CFAP and Minnesota Central Kitchen, Sleepy Eye Public Schools and Community Action Respecting Elders (CARE) are making a big difference for seniors and their families.

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FOODRx and SNAP: Increasing Nutrition Access

FOODRx and SNAP: Increasing Nutrition Access

At Second Harvest Heartland, we are on a mission to end hunger in ways that result in better overall health outcomes and help lead to nutrition security for all. Read more about FOODRx and SNAP, two programs that remove barriers to health and help us end hunger together with our trusted community partners.

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Five Food Donors Fighting Hunger in the Heartland

Five Food Donors Fighting Hunger in the Heartland

Thanks to food donations from growers, producers, manufacturers and businesses, we delivered more than 120 million pounds of food to meal programs and food shelves across our region last year. Here are five of the food donation partners that helped make this possible.

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From St. James to Robbinsdale, Our School Partners Deliver for Kids and Families

From St. James to Robbinsdale, Our School Partners Deliver for Kids and Families

Childhood hunger in Minnesota is affecting nearly 200,000 kids.

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