Hunger Facts

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


1 in 11 = The number of households in Minnesota affected by hunger. Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem. There is no corner of the state where hunger does not exist. The Feeding America Missing Meals Map illustrates the problem at a state and county level.

89M Meals

89 million meals = the equivalent number of meals distributed by Second Harvest Heartland in 2018, to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs. Enough to feed a mid-sized city of 73,000 people, three meals a day, for a year.

People Per Year

532,000 = The number of people Second Harvest Heartland serves each year.

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

692,000 miles = The number of miles traveled by our fleet of trucks in 2018. That’s equivalent to 27 times around the earth.

1150 orgs 43000 individuals 2018

More than 1,150 organizations and 43,000 individuals generously contribute dollars and other resources to Second Harvest Heartland each year.

98percent-food-insecurity 2018

The USDA definition of food insecurity: Multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. More than 98% of households with very low food security are worried food would run out before they got money to buy more, could not afford a balanced meal, or regularly skipped a meal.

Source: USDA Definitions of Food Security

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