Our Food Bank
Our food bank is at our core.
Think of Second Harvest Heartland like a “wholesaler” for donated and rescued foods. Working with our network of partners, volunteers and donors, we get food in large quantities, primarily through farmers, food producers, and grocery stores.
We store the food in our 90,000+ square feet of dry warehouse, refrigerator and freezer space and then our fleet of trucks travels more than 500,000 miles per year to distribute it throughout 59 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin to nearly 1,000 food shelf and meal program partners. We provide 74% of the food that is given to our neighbors in need through our food shelf partners.
Our work to safely source and distribute food, including a growing amount of fresh food, presents many logistical obstacles. With a truck driver shortage and rising transportation costs, we face hurdles to transport food to hungry neighbors across the region. But with your support, we can address these challenges head-on, ensuring our food is safely delivered and our driver fleet and gas tanks are full.
Healthy Foods Policy
Second Harvest Heartland believes that food changes everything. We work to provide reliable access to food to disrupt the vicious cycle of poverty, poor health and food insecurity. We support our hungry neighbors by distributing nutritious foods they need to live healthy lives free from hunger. We have developed a Healthy Foods Policy to guide our sourcing practices. It is informed by the latest nutrition science and shaped by client surveys, feedback from our partners, and nutrition policies of other leading food banks.
Interested in donating food?
We welcome food donations from many sources: commercial businesses, farmers and private individuals. Every contribution is valuable and no donation is too small. To learn what kind of donations we accept, see our FAQ.
Food Bank and Food Shelf: What's the difference?
Second Harvest Heartland is a food bank that purchases food directly and receives donated food. We store it in our warehouse, refrigerator and freezer space.
A food shelf receives food from food banks (like Second Harvest Heartland) to distribute directly to their clients in need.