Minnesota Central Kitchen, an initiative of Second Harvest Heartland

MN Central Kitchen

Minnesota Central Kitchen brings together restaurants, caterers, and hunger-fighting organizations to tackle hunger and service-sector layoffs brought on by the pandemic. We provide prepared meals to anyone to respond to the surge in hunger and see communities through recovery.

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How Minnesota Central Kitchen Works

MN Central Kitchen

Food rescue
Our food service, restaurant and catering partners provide the kitchen space, employees, supplies and ingredients to supplement the donations from the MealConnect platform, an app that allows area institutions a medium to donate large-scale food items to Minnesota Central Kitchen. Currently, more than 60% of our meals are prepared with rescued food.

Re-employment Meals are then prepared by expert culinary teams, including founding kitchen Chowgirls Catering, Appetite for Change’s Breaking Bread Café and Station 81, Community Bridge, Eat For Equity, Eurest Dining at Boston Scientific, Kane’s Catering, Mintahoe Catering & Events, Sodexo, The Sioux Chef, and The Wedge Table.

Meal distribution
Then, a distribution network coordinated by Second Harvest Heartland delivers these beautiful and nutritious meals to community sites throughout the region, led by Loaves & Fishes with Appetite For Change, East Side Neighborhood Services, InvolveMN, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Roseville Area Schools, Safe Zone and The Sanneh Foundation.

Access Prepared Meals

Minnesota Central Kitchen provides free meals to anyone. To find a meal distribution site near you, search the yellow map markers on the Google Map above or visit this webpage. Please note dates and times of meal availability, as they vary by location. Additional emergency and longer-term food resource information can be found on our resources page.

Minnesota Central Kitchen Founders, Partners and Donors

Minnesota Central Kitchen is led by Second Harvest Heartland, founding partners Chowgirls Catering and Loaves & Fishes, hard-working production kitchens and a growing number of restaurants, food service providers and supporters.

This work wouldn’t be possible without financial and in-kind support from our very generous donors, including the Cargill Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Medtronic Foundation, Cloverfields Foundation, Pohlad Family Foundation, Humana Foundation, Boston Scientific, ReFED, The Good Acre, UnitedHealth Group, KSTP, and more than 2,000 individual donors.

Our Impact

MN Central Kitchen

  • Restaurants and businesses interested in becoming a kitchen partner site should submit their information to Emily Paul, Minnesota Central Kitchen executive director
  • Commercial kitchens with food to donate can submit information via MealConnect
  • Donations of non-food items, like cleaning supplies, gloves, pans and plastic wrap, can be coordinated by contacting donations@chowgirls.net
  • Anyone who is able to donate financially can do so here

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