The COVID-19 Hunger Surge
Data from McKinsey & Co, collected on behalf of Second Harvest Heartland suggests a hunger crisis unlike anything seen since the Great Depression. The hunger crisis is already underway in Minnesota. Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 11 Minnesotans struggled to afford food. 1 in 8 Minnesotans now face hunger.
The study suggests that in addition to those who faced hunger before the pandemic, 275,000 Minnesotans — including 112,000 kids — are now facing hunger.
In Second Harvest Heartland's 59 county service area, that number is an additional 233,000 people, including 96,000 kids.
Food shelves and food banks across Minnesota are expecting a 65 percent increase in demand through the remainder of 2020 and into 2021 as a result of challenging economic conditions tied to COVID-19.
The increase in demand will cost $17 million over the next six months in the Second Harvest Heartland service area and $21 million across the entire state. At Second Harvest Heartland, we are preparing to meet the increased need.
Our response plan
Fortunately, hunger can be kept at bay. In response to the growing crisis, we will take the following steps:
Everyone can help
- Make a donation today. Help fund free emergency grocery pop-ups, food boxes, and more. A monthly gift of $30 can provide 1,080 meals per year.
- Make it okay to ask for help. Talk about hunger and destigmatize the need for food assistance. Get help at 2harvest.org/gethelp.
- Business leaders can help. Ensure a thriving future economy by investing in and partnering with Second Harvest Heartland today.
- Join the Minnesota Central Kitchen network to donate meals to MealConnect or provide hot meals where they’re needed. Learn more.
Together, we can solve COVID-era hunger
New hunger projections will be available quarterly; check back to track our progress in the fight to keep everyone well and fed during these difficult times.