Farmers of Van Erkel Farms stand smiling in front of a large container filled with potatoes

Farm to Food Shelf

Farmers, join forces with Minnesota’s Feeding America Food Banks to become a hunger hero

A gloved hand holding a parsnip in front of a bin full of parnips

Donate your surplus produce to feed your hungry neighbors. Generous farmers like you have donated more than 30 million pounds of excess produce—and counting—making a major dent in local hunger.

Seniors, children and working families across the state and closer to home need a little extra help filling their fridges. In fact, 1 in 9 Minnesotans—including 1 in 6 Minnesota kids—is hungry right now. Fresh produce is one of the hardest-to-come by items for food shelf users.

If you become a partner farmer, we’ll do most of the legwork—distributing your fresh produce to food shelves across the region—and we’ll offset a portion of your costs.

Program details

Minnesota agricultural producers or processors may donate their Minnesota-grown crops. Tomatoes, onions, potatoes, watermelons, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, squash, sweet corn are just a few of the crops we accept. Food must meet safety standards and be fit to eat.

By offsetting a portion of harvesting, packaging and transportation costs, we make it easy for Minnesota growers to donate surplus crops that would otherwise go unharvested or be discarded.

Interested in learning more? Consider donating!

Please call 651-282-0855 or email to learn more about reimbursements for harvest, packaging for transfer, minimum donation amounts and more.

What is Farm to Food Shelf?

Farm to Food Shelf is a $1.1 million appropriation funded by the State of Minnesota to help agricultural producers and processors offset the cost to harvest and package their donated fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go unharvested or be discarded.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is the program’s fiscal agent. Grants are administered by Second Harvest Heartland, on behalf of the six Feeding America food banks serving Minnesota.

Farm to Food Shelf is supported by the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, Minnesota Farm Bureau and Minnesota Farmers Union.

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