Hunger Facts

97 million

97 million meals = Last year our work provided more than 97 million meals to 1,000 food shelves and hunger-relief programs. Enough to feed a mid-sized city of 89,000 people three meals a day, for a year.

1 in 8 Minnesotans

1 in 8 Minnesotans is affected by hunger. Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem. There is no corner of the state where hunger does not exist.

COVID-19 has increased hunger in our communities dramatically—peaking in September 2020. Learn more.

Hunger Costs Annually at Least 1.6 Billion

$1.6 billion/year = The amount of money that the effect of hunger costs the state of Minnesota every year in healthcare, hospitalization, medication, education and other costs, including lost productivity at work and in school.

Source: University of Minnesota Food Industry Center, Cost and Benefit of Hunger Study, 2010

65% fresh food
People Per Year

532,000 = Second Harvest Heartland serves more than half a million people each year.

  • More than 33% are under age 18.
  • 10% are seniors age 60 and up.
truck miles

563,976 miles = The number of miles traveled by our fleet of trucks in 2019. That’s equivalent to 23 times around the earth.


More than 1,000 organizations and 37,000 people generously contribute dollars and other resources to Second Harvest Heartland each year.

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