Second Harvest Heartland is committed to expanding partnerships with local growers to improve access to the abundance of fresh produce available in the Midwest.
In 2015, Second Harvest Heartland joined forces with five other Feeding America food banks serving greater Minnesota in an effort to expand the availability of fresh produce in the hunger-relief system. The Share Fresh program works with local farmers and growers to collect and distribute excess locally-grown, fresh produce to food shelves and other hunger-relief agencies. Last year, we distributed 8.43 million pounds of 20 different types of produce from 29 different Minnesota growers.
Are you a Minnesota farmer or grower interested in sharing your surplus produce with those in need?
Through the Farm to Foodshelf grant, you can make a difference in the lives of hungry Minnesotans while receiving the added benefit of financial support. Farm to Foodshelf is a $1.1 million appropriation funded by the State of Minnesota to allow agricultural producers and processors to offset the cost to harvest and package surplus fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go unharvested, discarded, or sold in a secondary market.
Funding for Share Fresh is provided by AgriBank, Michael Foods and Change Happens Foundation.