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 2020 Hunger Facts are compiled from latest fiscal year, October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. Check back in early 2022 for an update.


In September 2020, 1 in 9 Minnesotans, including 1 in 6 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.


Last year our work provided more than 105 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 66,000 people generously contributed dollars and other resources to Second Harvest Heartland last year.


Our fleet of trucks traveled more than 609,000 miles last year, whether they were rescuing food from our retail partners, delivering custom orders to our food shelf partners, or popping up at an emergency grocery distribution.


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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