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