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Second Harvest Heartland

Have a big impact on the lives of local seniors! Second Harvest Heartland provides a box of nutritious food each month to low-income seniors 60 years and over through the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS). Volunteers in this role assist at distribution sites where Second Harvest Heartland gives out the boxes of groceries. You can assist in the setup, certification and recertification of clients who receive a box and help senior clients carrying their boxes and/or loading them into their vehicles. This position is physical, fast-paced, and offers face-to-face client interaction. This is a once-a-month position for 1.5-3 hours per shift. This role can be physical, fast-paced, and is a wonderful and direct way to help seniors at risk of hunger!

Volunteers in this unique role will utilize their language skills to assist with translation of documents, program enrollment or re-certification, and on-site outreach to eligible participants.

Site Distribution Locations:
5th Ave. High Rise, South Minneapolis (2nd Wednesday, 9 -11 a.m. - Somali speaker desired)
Horn Towers, Minneapolis (3rd Thursday, 12:25 - 1:30 p.m. - Somali speaker desired)


  • Physical ability to lift 30+ pounds, from the ground, repeatedly
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to make a monthly commitment for a minimum of 6 months (schedule varies by site)
  • Must be reliable and punctual
  • Friendly, helpful "customer service" demeanor
  • Willingness to interact patiently and with empathy with participants from all ethnicities
  • Comfortable working in a fast pace environment
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions (some distributions are outdoors due to COVID)
  • Ability to be on your feet for extended periods up to 2 hours
  • Speaking a second language (specific needed languages vary by site, but include Spanish, Russian, Mandarin and Somali)

Time commitment: Monthly role for a 6 to 12-month commitment

To apply: Visit the opportunity on our portal, and if the opportunity sounds like a good fit for you, click on "Respond" to express your interest and complete the initial steps in the process. After responding, you’ll get an email confirming your interest and a link to our application.

Questions? Reach out to Beth Ashton,

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About Second Harvest Heartland


7101 Winnetka Ave No., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Second Harvest Heartland is to end hunger through community partnerships. 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.


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 we’re an innovator in the areas where food can be the solution, like FOODRx and Minnesota Central Kitchen.

Second Harvest Heartland is a member of Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the United States. Membership means access to millions of pounds of surplus food and grocery donations from manufacturers and producers throughout the country.

Working with our network of partners, volunteers and donors as well as people like you, our 90,000+ square feet of dry, refrigerator and freezer space is constantly accepting and distributing donations. Our fleet of trucks travels nearly half a million miles a year, picking up food donations and delivering them to local food shelves, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior community centers and children's after school programs. Each year we distributed more than 100 million meals to our partners in hunger-relief. Learn more at

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

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We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Minneapolis, MN 55408



  • Customer Service
  • People Skills
  • Bilingual
  • Food Delivery / Distribution




  • Background Check
  • Once monthly role for a 6 to 12-month commitment
  • Bilingual

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