Providing Urgently Needed Meals Around the Clock—Our Response to Coronavirus
May 26, 2020 - VIDEO Community Progress Report : Farmers and the agricultural community are critical players in the fight against hunger. One way in which the ag community and Minnesota’s food banks have come together is through a program called Farm to Food Shelf.
May 19, 2020 - VIDEO Community Progress Report : Hear from Chef Liz Mullen from Chowgirls Killer Catering, Chef Ben Peine from Surly Brewing Company (our new MCK kitchen partner!), Adair Mosley from Pillsbury United Communities, Aaron Palm from Appetite For Change, Cathy Maes from Loaves & Fishes, and Allison O’Toole from Second Harvest Heartland.
May 12, 2020 - VIDEO Community Progress Report : As the hungriest summer in memory draws closer for Minnesota’s kids, Second Harvest Heartland, Youthprise and Saint Paul Public Schools SPPS dive into what our nonprofits and school districts are doing to beat the clock on pandemic-era child hunger in Minnesota.
May 5, 2020 - VIDEO Community Progress Report: Joe McDonald, CEO of VEAP, Tony Sanneh, Founder of The Sanneh Foundation, and Cathy Maes, Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes join us to discuss a safe and effective initiative to combat hunger during the coronavirus: emergency farmers markets.
April 28, 2020 - VIDEO Community Progress Report: Lisa Davis, Senior Vice President of No Kid Hungry joins Second Harvest Heartland's Allison O'Toole and Theresa McCormick to discuss SNAP—the foundation of hunger relief.
April 14, 2020 - VIDEO Community Progress Report: Good in the Hood Executive Director Shawn Morrison and Loaves and Fishes Executive Director Cathy Maes join Second Harvest Heartland CEO Allison O'Toole in this week’s Community Report.
April 7, 2020 - VIDEO Community Progress Report: Second Harvest Heartland CEO Allison O’Toole, Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Cathy Maes, and United Community Action Partnership Resource Manager Margaret Palan discuss the ways they're stretching, adapting and stepping up services to meet the needs of the community and local food shelves.
March 31, 2020 - VIDEO Community Progress Report: Second Harvest Heartland CEO Allison O’Toole, CAPI USA Executive Director Ekta Prakash and Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Cathy Maes address how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the local hunger-relief community.
Hunger is growing. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, demand for emergency food assistance has hit historic highs. Second Harvest Heartland is working to respond to the new hunger, which is spreading in lockstep with the economic downturn and affecting many people who have never sought food assistance before. We need your help to continue to keep our neighbors well and fed.
Our COVID-19 Plan
- Stepped-up distribution. Demand at many local food shelves has doubled and, in some cases tripled, and this growth is projected to continue.
- Emergency food boxes. Tens of thousands of emergency food boxes will allow people get the food they need via low-exposure curbside pickup.
- Emergency farmers markets. Free drive-up farmers markets across the region have enable us to share hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh produce despite the pandemic.
- Meals from Minnesota Central Kitchen (MCK). Local caterers and restaurateurs help us distribute thousands of meals per day at more than 50 sites run by meal program partners.
- More MCK sites are coming soon. Learn more.
- Access to SNAP (food stamps). Calls to our SNAP hotline have more than doubled since the outbreak began. Visit 2harvest.org/SNAP to learn more about our SNAP outreach work.
- Extra measures to keep our teams and our food safe. We have stepped up our already rigorous cleaning routines.
May 18, 2020 - Month 3 of COVID-19 response. Totals are cumulative starting March 16 unless noted.
Support Our Efforts
We are all concerned about staying safe and reducing our exposure to illness. But for some of our neighbors, a lack of resources means they can’t afford to stock up on food. Missing work means missing meals for their family.
- Donate now at 2harvest.org/emergencyfood to fund an emergency food box today.
- Spread the word—restaurants and food distributors can donate food that would otherwise go to waste as kitchens are idle. Learn more.
- Watch for more updates as situations change.
We depend on you. We are committed to meeting the need for meals and we need your help to help fill every cupboard. It’s time to pull together to weather this tough time.