Mission: Second harvest heartland is the upper midwest's largest hunger-relief organization, with a mission of ending hunger through community partnerships.
Programs: Food bank: the food bank is the foundation for all our programs, and is second harvest heartland's core business. We receive food donations from manufacturers, growers, retailers, government programs and the community, which are then distributed to member non-profits including food shelves, shelters, soup kitchens and programs throughout our 59-county service area. Over 93 million pounds of food was distributed through the food bank in the 12-month period ending 9/30/2017. See schedule o for additional program service description.
commodity supplemental food program: the commodity supplemental food program (csfp) is one of the foundational services provided by second harvest heartland. Through the program, we provide food for seniors, distributing 30-35 pounds of nutritionally-balanced usda food to individuals each month at no cost to them. Program participants are given a box of highly nutritious food packages as determined by the usda. The packages may include canned fruits, vegetables and juices, dry and uht milk, american cheese, canned meat, peanut butter or dried beans, cereal, rice or pasta. We serve about 9,500 seniors in 41 counties in minnesota. See schedule o for additional program service description.
community outreach programs: since fy11, second harvest heartland has enhanced our outreach efforts to connect eligible people with public resources through various programs. Second harvest heartlands snap outreach specialists visit food shelves, soup kitchens, workforce centers and other organizations as well as participate in events to help people understand the program, and to break down barriers to participation-from lack of awareness to difficult application processes or other complications. In fy17, we assisted nearly 4,000 households with snap applications and re-certifications, adding nearly 3 millions meals to families. See schedule o for additional program service description.