Millions of Pounds of Food Go Unused Each Year in Minnesota
Beyond our primary goal of feeding hungry neighbors, Second Harvest Heartland believes in the importance of our work to help sustain our environment. We are committed to reducing food waste by working with manufacturing, retail and agricultural partners to divert safe, edible food from landfills and provide it to people in need.
Retail Food Rescue
Second Harvest Heartland’s Retail Food Rescue program offers an innovative solution: partner with retail grocers in our communities to divert food being removed from their store shelves to feed hungry people.
Every day, the professional Retail Food Rescue fleet and our trained food shelf partners collect thousands of pounds of produce, dairy, deli, meat, bakery and grocery items from nearly 500 retail partners. This donated product is distributed to food shelves, soup kitchens and shelters.
Second Harvest Heartland accepts perishable and shelf-stable food from all retail categories that meet food safety labeling and packaging criteria.
Prepared Food Donations
Building on the success of our Retail Food Rescue program, Second Harvest Heartland is pursuing the next frontier with prepared food recovery.
Piloting a project with two of our meal program partners, we’re working to capture excess foods after special events, leveraging the best-in-class food safety protocols that our network provides for our donor community. These partners are experts in repurposing foods into delicious, balanced meals for our hungry neighbors, and together we’re paving the way to a more efficient food economy.
If you would like to start donating excess prepared food from your food service operations, please CLICK HERE or call Dianne Wortz, Food Rescue Emerging Streams Developer, at 612-618-8145.
The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Donations Act is a federal law ensuring that donors are protected from any civil and criminal liability, as long as the product is donated in good faith. In addition, our distribution center is AIB Compliant, ensuring that your donation will be handled safely. We encourage businesses to donate food and grocery products worry-free.
For more information about the Good Samaritan Donations Act, click here.
Many donations of product also are eligible for an enhanced tax deduction under IRS 170(C)(3). Please consult your tax advisor for details.
Funding for Food Rescue is provided by Allianz, Feeding America – Walmart Foundation and General Mills Foundation.