Minnesota Central Kitchen

MN Central Kitchen

Minnesota Central Kitchen helps communities respond to COVID-19 by re-hiring laid off kitchen workers to prepare needed meals from rescued food. Empowering our state’s hospitality professionals to keep working at what they do best—feeding hungry people—despite restaurant closures, the initiative also responds to the growing need for food assistance in the state.

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The effort is led by Second Harvest Heartland and its core partners Chowgirls Catering and Loaves & Fishes. Production kitchens include Appetite for Change, Chowgirls, Surly Brewing Co., The Sioux Chef and The Wedge Table. Support comes from The Cargill Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Medtronic, The Good Acre, UnitedHealth Group and many other generous donors. Powered by partners’ kitchens, employees and culinary expertise, Minnesota Central Kitchen prepares and distributes up to 10,000 packaged meals per day for hungry Minnesotans. Meals are distributed at more than 50 sites across Second Harvest Heartland’s service area. A map of all sites can be found on the Chowgirls website.

  • Commercial kitchens with food to donate can submit information via MealConnect
  • Non-food items – like cleaning supplies, gloves and thermometers to regularly check kitchen staff’s temperatures – can be coordinated by emailing donation@chowgirls.net

Contact Elizabeth Cooper, Director of Brand Strategy and Communications

Direct: 651-209-7913
Mobile: 612-963-6791

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“In this time of uncertainty, the basic human need of being fed has come to the forefront of this crisis. Chowgirls is honored to partner with Second Harvest Heartland to turn our space into Minnesota Central Kitchen. We will be reaching out to our food and hospitality industry friends to help us donate food, volunteers to help prepare meals and use their talents to feed our community. I have been amazed with the outpouring of support already and feel privileged to be a part of this amazing effort.”
— Liz Mullen, Executive Chef, Chowgirls Killer Catering


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