The mission of Second Harvest Heartland is to end hunger through community partnerships.
Second Harvest Heartland works to reinvent hunger relief through leadership and innovation. As the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, our goal is not only to help our hungry neighbors today, but to provide the means for everyone to be fed tomorrow. We're known for distributing great amounts of food quickly and efficiently. In our most recent fiscal year, our work provided more that 77 million meals for people in the heartland. We are also constantly pioneering ways to reduce waste and better use the abundant resources available in this land of plenty.
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.
by Yue Ning L. from Arden Hills, MN
I volunteered here in November and it was a great experience. I thought it was great getting to pack food and help out hungry neighbors who are closer than you think. I worked to pack potatoes for 3 hours and ended up packing so many bags. The atmosphere was really happy and positive; the woman leading our group at the time was called Nancy and she was spectacular. Everyone there was very friendly and the whole place was very clean and bright. I'm volunteering there again in December and really looking forward to it! Would definitely recommend Second Harvest Heartland to anyone who has some spare time on their hands and is willing to do good to make a change!
There are assorted volunteer opportunities here. I volunteer once a month for a 2-hr shift during the week bagging some type of perishable-sweet corn rice, apples, potatoes, etc. You can pick the station you want to work at but all involve standing for an hour and a half or hour and 45 mins followed by clean up (sweeping, wiping tabletops, etc). The work conditions/facility are good. Children of about 8 yrs old and up can do most of the activities. The equipment is simple and easy to use but there's also entirely manual jobs. The employees here are nice & helpful and the overall attitude is positive. Wear casual clothes as they may get dusty from the food. It's a good, quick volunteer opportunity to help the community. I've also worked once during the day sorting donated food and that was a fun group activity.