2020 Hunger Facts

We rose to meet every challenge that events of the past year placed in front of us, and we did so through partnership and with steady, generous support from our community. As we emerge from the worst of the pandemic, we take stock of what we faced in 2020, along with all that we learned, because we’ll need the same commitment and energy to tackle today’s hunger.

Our 2021 Hunger Facts are compiled from latest fiscal year, October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. Check back in early 2023 for an update.

1 in 12

In September 2021, 1 in 12 Minnesotans, including 1 in 8 Minnesota kids, didn’t know where their next meal would come from. 

The COVID-19 pandemic increased hunger in our communities, from rates of 1 in 11 in 2018. Learn more about our COVID response.


Racial disparities like these are what we refer to as the hunger divide, the unjust reality that communities of color are more likely to experience hunger.

Learn more about our work to address the hunger divide.


Year-over-year, demand for emergency food assistance hit historic highs.

107 million meals

Last year our work provided more than 107 million meals to 360 food shelves and more than 1,000 hunger-relief programs throughout our 59-county region.


We continue the work of providing more fresh foods to our partners, ensuring more variety and choice for the clients they support.


More than 1,300 organizations and 81,000 people generously contributed dollars and other resources to Second Harvest Heartland last year.


As one of the largest, most efficient, and most innovative hunger relief organizations in the nation, we leverage our unique position in the emergency food chain to make an impact. That includes our ability turn one dollar into three meals.


We take our responsibility to our donors and their generosity very seriously. That’s why 94% of expenses go directly to the programs and services we provide.

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