Food Rescue 

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.

Learn More

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To schedule a collection or learn about participating in the Food Rescue program, call April Rog, Director of Food Rescue, at 651-282-0876.

Prepared Food Donations

Second Harvest Heartland’s newest Food Rescue initiative expands our proven success in the retail sector to target licensed food service organizations to capture prepared food donations.

Second Harvest Heartland works with meal program partners to safely and efficiently recover excess prepared foods from hotels, caterers, special event centers and restaurants. By using new technology platforms and strong food safety practices, excess food can be directed to hunger programs quickly and efficiently. Donors can be assured that their donations are safely handled and will be used to feed our hungry neighbors while at the same time eliminating food waste.

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.

You’re protected

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.

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