Food Services and Programs

As one of the nation’s largest, most effective and most innovative hunger relief organizations, Second Harvest Heartland works closely with more than a thousand partnering food shelves, food pantries and other meal programs. Fighting hunger in the Midwest for more than three decades, we believe no one should go hungry, especially in the heartland where we produce more than enough food for everyone. Second Harvest Heartland creates new partnerships with schools, hospitals and clinics. Our food bank is only part of how we reach hungry neighbors--we also advocate for programs and policies that support the families we serve.


Food collection services

  • Food Bank

    Second Harvest Heartland collects, stores and distributes millions of pounds of food each year.

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    An indoor hydroponic farm that will provide a source of sustainable, high quality, reliable, fresh and nutritional produce year-round.

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  • Share Fresh 

    An agricultural surplus program that gathers and distributes edible crops from Minnesota farmers, commercial growers and processors that would otherwise go un-harvested or unsold.

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  • Food Rescue

    Partnering with retail grocers in our communities to divert food being removed from their store shelves to feed hungry people.

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  • Midwest Region Produce Cooperative

    Reducing produce distribution barriers for participating members.

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Food distribution partners and programs

Second Harvest Heartland is in the business of distributing large amounts of donated food to a variety of organizations and programs that directly serve clients.


  • Agency Partners

    Second Harvest Heartland works in close partnership with nearly 1,000 agency partner programs in Minnesota and western Wisconsin that provide direct client service to people in need.

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  • SFSP (Summer Food Service Program)

    A program that provides meals during the summer months for kids who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

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  • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Food Stamps) Outreach

    Our specialists work to inform and educate eligible hungry people about already-funded federal SNAP assistance.

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  • CSFP (Community Supplemental Food Program)

    Once a month, Second Harvest Heartland fulfills this federal nutrition program by providing a box of nutritious food to low-income seniors 60 years and over.

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Child Hunger Initiative

Second Harvest Heartland is committed to a number of powerful efforts in our Child Hunger Initiative that help more children and families gain access to wholesome food.

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Hunger & Health Initiative

Collaboration between the health care and hunger relief sectors offers an opportunity to improve outcomes for our low-income neighbors in addition, to reach new neighbors through a sustainable, trusted channel.

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