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Providing boxes of supplemental food to seniors in need

  • 60 Distribution Sites
  • 1,526 Individuals Served in 2020-2021
  • 13,525 CSFP Boxes distributed in 2020-2021

Providing food to school-age children facing food insecurity on weekends and distance-learning days

  • 1,100 Students Served in 2019-2020
  • 162,118 Pounds of Food Distributed in 2019-2020

Delivering boxes of food curated by registered dietitians to patients facing chronic medical conditions

  • Began serving Winona Health patients in July, 2021
  • Channel One is working with Second Harvest Heartland and Winona Health to address food insecurity as a health issue

Providing restaurant-quality prepared meals to those facing hunger in Rochester and the surrounding communities

  • 10,695 meals provided between October and December 2021
  • 5,000 meals now provided each month, on average

Resources from our partner organizations that are available to people in our fourteen county region

  • Programs may have different eligibility requirements than Channel One

Second Harvest Waives Fees For Ne Minnesota Nw Wisconsin Partners

Duluth, MN Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is permanently waiving fees for the nationally and regionally donated food it provides to the 75 NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters and the other non-profit agency partners it supplies as the regions only food bank. This announcement comes at a time when demand has increased beyond pandemic levels and when communities like Moose Lake need the food bank most.

Were seeing a 32% increase at our regions food shelves, shares Shaye Moris, executive director, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. We made our decision to waive fees to ensure our regions non-profit partners could be as generous as possible to those facing hunger in their local communities. So many of our neighbors have been impacted by the pandemic, economic impacts of inflation and a high cost of living recently that we felt it an important time to make this decision.

Although often confused with a food shelf , Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is the regions only food bank supplying non-profit programs with nationally and regionally donated food and non-food items. Prior to their decision, agency partners paid an average $.02 per pound fee to share Second Harvests cost of food acquisition, storage and distribution.

Each year Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank provides over 6.5 million pounds of product to the 75 non-profit agencies it serves throughout NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin .

Why Is Giving Money More Efficient Than Donating Food

When you donate to end hunger, Second Harvest Heartland combines your dollars with donated, rescued and wholesale-purchased food from grocery stores, farmers, restaurants, retailers and other partners. This multiplies your gift to make the biggest impact. Your financial donation makes it possible for our robust team of volunteers, warehouse workers and truck drivers to sort, re-package and distribute over 120 million pounds of food to nearly 1,000 food shelves and other local agency partners each year, who put it directly in the hands of families in need.

Learn more about how to make a financial contribution.

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Join Our Team And Use Your Skills To Create Change

When you work at Second Harvest Heartland, youre working to end hunger. As one of the countrys largest and most innovative food banks, we deliver food and solutions to our neighbors facing hunger. From truck drivers and forklift operators to volunteer leaders and program staff, our team is on a mission to end hunger in our region.

How Second Harvest Heartland Works

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A food bank acts as a wholesaler, sourcing large amounts of food and making it available to smaller, local food shelves and food pantries, so they can provide free groceries and healthy meals to our neighbors experiencing hunger and food insecurity.

  • Were part of the Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks around the country. Our partnership helps amplify our impact and extend our reach.

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Channel One Regional Food Bank Acts As A Clearinghouse Of Donated Food By Gathering Warehousing And Repackaging Donated Food From Producers Manufacturers Wholesalers Brokers And Retailers Through Our Programs Below Food Is Then Distributed To Food Shelves And Other Charitable 501 Agencies In Southeast Minnesota And Western Wisconsin

Warehouse and food distribution center serving 14 counties

  • 183 Agency Program Partners
  • 1,051,015 Pounds of Healthy Produce Distributed in 2020-2021
  • 9,408,903 Total Pounds of Food Distributed in 2020-2021

Providing food options for people facing food insecurity

  • 40,181 Total Household Visits in 2020-2021
  • 110,688 Individuals Served in 2020-2021
  • 3,585,901 Pounds of Food Distributed in 2020-2021

Distributing food to rural communities and areas with limited access

  • 319,554 Pounds of Food Distributed in 2019-2020

Th Annual Dish Gala Tickets Available

Dish is an opportunity to join together as a community to honor our collective work to end hunger and to raise essential funds that build on our momentum to ensure that no one goes hungry. Whether you are a longtime supporter of Second Harvest Heartland or a new friend to us, we hope you will join us for this truly special evening.

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Second Harvest Seeks Support For Give To The Max Day

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With few days to go, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank is asking for support in helping meet its $20,000 Challenge Match. Give a gift now through Nov. 17 and the Board of Directors along with the Initiative Foundation, Olson Construction Law, Sandy and Greg Lanzo and two anonymous donors could match a gift up to $20,000 as part of Give to the Max Day.

Give to the Max Day, Nov. 17, is Minnesotas Day of Giving, when thousands of donors across Minnesota will rally around their favorite charities by making gifts through GiveMN to increase the wellbeing of their communities.

In addition to the $20,000 Challenge Match, GiveMN offers opportunities for a gift to win Give to the Max prize grants. Not only can you help Second Harvest, but you could help your favorite nonprofits and schools win part of the $100,000-plus Prize Pool. There are 143 chances to win during Give to the Max Day and Early Giving.

Golden Tickets

Golden Tickets are random chance drawings. Each gift you make during Give to the Max enters you to win money for the Minnesota causes you support! If your gift is randomly drawn, the organization you supported with that gift will receive an additional prize grant!

$500 Early Giving Golden Tickets

Give a gift before Nov. 17 and your gift may be drawn for a $500 Early Giving Golden Ticket that will be granted to the organization you supported.

$500 Golden Tickets every 15 minutes on Give to the Max Day

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Join Us In Ending Hunger Together: Volunteer

Second Harvest Heartland volunteers play a critical role in the fight to end hunger. Sign up for a shift to assist with packing food today to help fuel our hunger fight and bring efficiency to the hunger relief network. Volunteer shifts are available Monday through Saturday at our Brooklyn Park facility. Want to do more? We have ongoing volunteer opportunities as well.

Duluths Second Harvest Food Bank Purchases New Facility For $6 Million

DULUTH, MN — Sometime in the next two years, the Northlands largest hunger-relief organization will have a new home.

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank recently purchased the IKONICS building in West Duluth for roughly $6 million.

Weve been negotiating a deal for the facility we just purchased, said Second Harvest Executive Director Shaye Moris. Were excited to be able to expand our operations.

The Food Bank provides supplies to more than 40 different partners around Northern Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.

This food bank provides over 7 million pounds of product every year, thats about 5.6 million meals, said Moris.

According to Moris, the Food Bank has seen a large number of people suffering from food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Were seeing record numbers again at food shelves, and our program. So really, the need is still there, she said, this facility kind of outgrew our need for what we were doing.

The Food Bank had to partner with SuperOne to store roughly 30 pallets of food offsite due to high demand.

Partners like Barry Schull with the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf, which operates out of the Vineyard Church in Duluth, say it could help them better serve the community.

They will have larger facilities and more capacity, and so they should be more responsive than ever and have a bigger selection, he said.

The Food Banks new facility will nearly triple its operating space.

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What We Do

More than a food bank, Second Harvest Heartland is a leading partner in the policies and programs that work to end hunger, like SNAP, school meals and senior nutrition programs, and were an innovator in the areas where food can be the solution, like FOODRx and Minnesota Central Kitchen. Each year we distributed more than 100 million meals to our partners in hunger-relief.

At Second Harvest Heartland, our volunteer partners do more than enrich our work, they ground us to our mission of ending hunger together. We integrate volunteers into all aspects of creating and delivering solutions that will free our neighbors of hunger.

Click here to visit our volunteer portal and view all available opportunities.

Who We Are


At Second Harvest Heartland, we work to end hunger through partnerships. As one of the largest, most efficient, and most innovative hunger relief organizations in the nation, we leverage our unique position in the emergency food chain to make an impact. In close partnership with a network of 360 food shelves and nearly 1,000 partner programs, we support those in our region facing hunger today.

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