Second Harvest Heartland
1140 Gervais Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109
6325 Sanburg Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Purpose of the Organization
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 2012 alone, we collected, warehoused and distributed more than 76 million pounds of food, but we’re 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, 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.
Volunteer Opportunities Available
> Volunteers sort and re-pack food from food drives and donations, re-package bulk food such as pasta or cereal into consumer size packages, sort and salvage damaged products or food items, or label cans. These items go to our partner agencies, including food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger.
> In partnership with Target, Second Harvest Heartland coordinates monthly grocery distributions through a mobile food pantry in local elementary schools. Each child leaves the Meals for Minds Pantry with 30 lbs. of food, enough for 25 meals and a chance at a full future. Volunteers sort food, set up food stations, provide friendly service and put food directly into the hands of our hungry neighbors.
> Internships also give interested partners an opportunity to explore Second Harvest Heartland’s work through various internal positions, including SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) outreach, food service program outreach, accounting, human resources and more.
Health and Fitness
Senior Citizens Services