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We Challenge You! Join the Ultimate Food Fight to End Hunger

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

You still have time to sign up for this year’s Food Mania challenge! During the two weeks of June 16 – 27, local accounting and law firms, food companies and everyone else will battle it out to see who can raise the most food, funds and volunteer hours for Second Harvest Heartland. If you’re looking for a fun charity event for your organization this summer, Food Mania is a great way to build excitement in the office and have fun with your colleagues—all for the fight against hunger.

Last year, Food Mania participants raised nearly $45,000, collected more than 16,000 pounds of food, and donated more than 650 volunteer hours. Step up to the plate and help us meet our goal of providing more than 175,000 meals for our hungry neighbors this summer!

Register today at

Thank You for Helping Stamp Out Hunger!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Stamp Out Hunger FoodOn Saturday, May 10, Second Harvest Heartland benefited from the 22st Annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Each year, hundreds of thousands of pounds of food are collected across the metro area for Second Harvest Heartland and our partner agencies.  We are thrilled to announce that this year, nearly 775,000 pounds of food was collected – and more is still rolling in!

For the second year, TCF Bank became a matching sponsor of the drive locally. For donations made to Second Harvest Heartland toward Stamp Out Hunger from April 28 – May 14, TCF Bank matched $1 for $1 up to a total match of $25,000. This match helped motivate donors to contribute an additional $35,451 towards the event!

Between pounds collected and dollars raised, we will be able to provide over 820,000 meals (and counting!)

A special thanks to the volunteers that made the event happen and our local partners and sponsors: Cub Foods, TCF Bank, WCCO Radio, National Association of Letter Carriers Minneapolis Branch 9 and Saint Paul Branch 28, USPS, KARE 11, and the Minnesota Transport Services Association.

Help Stamp Out Hunger in the Twin Cities and TCF Bank Will Double Your Gift!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.  Last year, letter carriers collected more than 74 million pounds of food for food banks and food shelves across the United States.

This year, letter carriers in the Twin Cities hope to collect enough to provide one million meals through Second Harvest Heartland and our agency partner programs.
Stamp Out Hunger Steps and Donate
There are three ways you can help Stamp Out Hunger:

  1. Look for a blue bag in your mailbox or from your local Cub Foods, fill it with non-perishable, non-breakable food items at your mailbox for letter carriers to pick up on Saturday, May 10.
  2. Make a matched donation online.  Now through May 14, 2014, TCF Bank will match your online donation  $1 for $1 up to a total match of $25,000.
  3. Volunteer. To help make this day a success, we need assistance from hundreds of volunteers to help at our Cub Foods drop-off locations in the Twin Cities east and west metro areas. Volunteers will receive food donations and load them onto trucks.

Locally, the drive wouldn’t be possible without our partners the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 9, Minneapolis and Branch 28, St. Paul; TCF Bank; Cub Foods; KARE 11; Minnesota Transport Services Association (MTSA) and partners; and WCCO Radio.

To learn more about Stamp Out Hunger or make your matched donation today visit

Getting Involved: How Partners Are Investing Their Support to Help us Reach our Goals

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Event: Dish: Cuisine for Change

For the 10 years that our annual gala, Dish: Cuisine for Change, has been bringing the community together to help end hunger, Stephani and Jim Tikalsky have only missed attending one year.

After receiving an invitation in the mail for the second annual Dish nine years ago, they attended their first event, and were hooked.

Dish’s unique, fun atmosphere, along with Second Harvest Heartland’s hunger relief work, has brought the Tikalskys back year after year. Stephani has also served on the Dish auction committee for the past six years.

“It’s a great way to spend an evening—good food, drink, auction items and entertainment—and you can feel good about helping make a difference. There’s something powerful when you look around and see all the restaurants who have volunteered their time and food, the volunteers who have worked to make the evening a success, and all the attendees who have come to support a worthwhile cause. It’s exhilarating,” said Stephani.

Buy your Dish tickets today at

You’re Invited to Dish: Cuisine for Change

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


Join us on Thursday, May 29th for the 11th annual Dish: Cuisine for Change, presented by Cub Foods. This fun and impactful evening includes gourmet cuisine from local chefs, exciting auction items and live entertainment from Frank Caliendo, a hilarious comedian known for his countless uncanny voice and physical impersonations.

Purchase tickets today, host a table and enjoy exclusive benefits or, if you can’t attend, make a matched donation.

For more information visit

Get in Gear With Second Harvest Heartland This Spring!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Get in Gear, Minnesota’s annual rite of spring, is fast approaching—and now is the time to register to run a 2k, 5k, 10k or half marathon on Saturday, April 26!

For 37 years, Get in Gear has drawn thousands of racers to Minnehaha Park each spring and raised more than $110,000 for Second Harvest Heartland. Learn more or register at Encourage race supporters to donate to Second Harvest Heartland in honor of your team at Designate a runner or race team, and your donation will be matched by Get in Gear, up to $10,000!

We hope to see you there!

Help Outnumber Hunger with General Mills and Sam’s Club

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

With summer approaching, Second Harvest Heartland and area food shelves are preparing for an increase in demand for food assistance from clients during the summer months. These families often rely on free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch to help feed children during the school year, and may have to rely on assistance from food banks to help fill the gap.

That’s why the Outnumber Hunger campaign, a national initiative that helps fight hunger in local communities through partnerships between companies such as General Mills, Feeding America and Big Machine Label Group, is so important. During last year alone, Outnumber Hunger helped Feeding America secure more than 6 million meals!

This year, Sam’s Club is partnering with Feeding America to secure an additional 1.5 million meals for member food banks through Outnumber Hunger.

There are three ways you can help:

  • From March 12-24 text “HUNGER” to 80153, then enter your zip code so the donation is made on behalf of your local food bank. You’ve secured 12 meals.
  • Visit your local Sam’s Club store and purchase specially marked General Mills products. Codes can be entered through January 2015 at You’ve just secured 12 more meals.
  • Members can also donate food at their local Sam’s Club in the donation bins through March 24. This food will be picked up after March 24 and help those in our neighborhood.

Participate at your local Sam’s Club, and help provide more meals for our hungry neighbors.

Thank You for Making Vintner Ball a Success!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

On behalf of all of us at Second Harvest Heartland and those we serve, sincere thanks to the individuals, hosts and sponsors who made the ninth annual Vintner Ball a tremendous success. This year, participants helped raise more than $200,000 to support Second Harvest Heartland—enough to provide more than 740,000 meals to those in our community who count on us for support. Thank you!

Photo credit Tom Dunn Photography

Join us This Saturday for Vintner Ball

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

This Saturday, the Vintner Ball will host its 9th annual event at the Westin Edina Galleria. Tickets are still available, so register today and join us to sip and enjoy over ninety top-ranked wines from around the globe, sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres, enjoy live music and participate in the optional silent auction and wine seminars!

Thanks to the generous support from the evening’s hosts, event sponsors, donors and volunteers, 100 percent of proceeds go directly to Second Harvest Heartland. Since its inception, Vintner Ball has raised more than $1.2 million for Second Harvest Heartland, which is enough to provide nearly 4.5 million meals to those in need in our community.

Buy your tickets today at

Feeding Hungry Families, Even in Subzero Temperatures

Monday, February 24th, 2014

This month marks the one-year anniversary since Meals for Minds, Second Harvest Heartland’s mobile school pantry program, supported through funding from Target Corporation, hit the significant milestone of distributing a total of more than one million pounds of food. Flash forward to today and Meals for Minds has since distributed an additional 615,000 pounds of food! Each month Meals for Minds provides an average of 76,000 pounds of food to students and their families at 11 elementary schools throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The success of the program lies in the combined efforts of our program partners, volunteers and committed staff who work together each week to make these events run smoothly. This winter’s bitter cold hasn’t always made it easy—January’s frigid weather forced us to reschedule three of the 11 events on very short notice due to school closures.

Thanks to the quick action of our warehouse, transportation and volunteer services teams, we were able to quickly reschedule these events, which was no simple task. It involved contacting all of the 100+ volunteers signed up for the events, scrambling to recruit new volunteers to fill the rescheduled shifts, rescheduling drivers and pulling and holding food orders. We even had several Second Harvest Heartland employees step in to help fill the volunteer shifts!

Sincere thanks to everyone who helped us get through this particularly challenging month of Meals for Minds, and ultimately, get food to local families who need it most.

Thanks for Serving with the KARE 11 Sunrise Team

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s KARE 11 Serving with Sunrise volunteer event at our Golden Valley location. More than 50 volunteers showed up on another frigid morning to join Kim, Tim, Sven and the rest of the Sunrise team to help pack more than 3,000 pounds of pasta—enough to provide more than 2,300 meals to those needing food in our community. Now that’s a great way to spend a morning!

As with all of our volunteer events, we were humbled and inspired by the stories we heard—from the father/daughter duo who traveled more than 80 miles to help pack food, to those spur-of-the-moment volunteers who walked through our doors at the last minute wanting to help out.

As the need for food assistance continues to increase in our community, the generous support of our partners and volunteers are crucial. Sincere thanks to the KARE 11 Sunrise team for their generosity and support of our hunger relief efforts.

And remember, the need for volunteers and donations is year-round at Second Harvest Heartland. Please check out our website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about opportunities to continue to help.

Save the Date – Dish: Cuisine for Change 2014

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Saint Paul RiverCentre
6 – 10 p.m.

Please be our guest!

Help Second Harvest Heartland turn hunger into hope with a lively evening of gourmet cuisine from top local chefs, exciting live and silent auctions, fine wine and entertainment by master impressionist, Frank Caliendo.

Mark your calendar or get your tickets today!

Reserve your seat for $175 or host a table of ten for $1,750.

Donate and your gift will be matched!

Are you unable to attend Dish this year? We invite you to make a Regrets Gift, which for the first time, will be matched by Ameriprise Financial! As our Fund-a-Need sponsor this year, Ameriprise Financial has generously doubled their match of all Dish donations to $50,000 and will include Regrets Gifts. Therefore, the first $150 -$1,000 of your Regrets Gift will be generously matched by Ameriprise Financial.

Thanks for Helping us Kick Hunger and Surpassing the $1 Million Mark!

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Thanks to all who participated in last week’s Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon! We raised more than $250,000 to kick hunger in Minnesota and western Wisconsin through generous donations and sponsor matches, pushing the five-year total for the event to more than $1 million. Special thanks to WCCO Radio, Taste of the NFL, Land O’Lakes, General Mills and AgStar Financial Services for their continued partnership and support.

Let’s Kick Hunger Day raises crucial funds in support of hunger relief, 100 percent of which will stay local in our community. Times are tough for many of our neighbors, and the community’s support has never been more crucial—or inspiring.

We heard many inspiring stories from those who called in, and couldn’t be more humbled by our community’s generosity:

  • The senior couple from Mendota Heights who donated $100 in the morning, and after listening to the radiothon throughout the day, decided they could give a bit more and donated another $500 later in the afternoon.
  • The Minneapolis cab driver who proudly donated $10 in honor of his family who once struggled with hunger.
  • The single mother who couldn’t afford to contribute, but wanted to thank the Let’s Kick Hunger Day presenters, sponsors and volunteers for making a difference in our community.
  • The largest donation of the day—$5,000—by a generous local company, Johnstech International.

If you missed the radiothon yesterday but still want to help kick hunger, you can still donate online here.

Become a Hunger Hero – Thursday is Let’s Kick Hunger Day

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Kick Hunger Day 2014 with Sponsors LogoThis Thursday, January 30, from 5am to 7pm, WCCO Radio, Taste of the NFL, Land O’Lakes, General Mills and AgStar Financial Services are together again bringing you the fifth annual “Let’s Kick Hunger Day” Radiothon to benefit Second Harvest Heartland. The goal for this year’s event is to raise at least $200,000 – enough to provide 740,000 meals to local families in need.

Join us on Thursday, become a Hunger Hero and help us kick hunger by calling 877-886-4376, donating online here or visiting the live broadcast at the Mall of America. You can become a Hunger Hero by making a minimum ongoing donation of $10 a month or a minimum one time $120 donation.

There are still volunteer opportunities available for the morning to help collect donations over the phone at the Mall of America Rotunda. Shifts are three hours long and start as early as 5:15 am. Sign up here and join us for a day full of excitement and energy!

Kids and Families Fight Hunger on MLK Day

Friday, January 24th, 2014

On Monday, more than 430 volunteers, including 200 youth, their families and community members, rolled up their sleeves and packed, sorted and labeled food to help provide for those in need as part of Bring Your Child to Serve Day, in honor of MLK Day. By the time the last volunteer shift ended, 30,720 pounds of rice were packed—the equivalent of nearly 24,000 meals!

It was inspiring to see so many youth excited about giving back to their community and helping others. Thank you to all who volunteered, and we hope to see you again soon! We’d also like to thank our sponsor Bremer Bank for making the day possible.

And remember, the need for volunteers and donations is year-round at Second Harvest Heartland. Please check out our website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear about opportunities to continue to help.

Save the Date: Vintner Ball 2014

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Vintner Ball LogoOn Saturday, March 1, 2014, the Vintner Ball will host their 9th annual event at the Westin Edina Galleria.
Sip and enjoy over ninety top-ranked wines from around the globe, sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres, enjoy live music and participate in the optional silent auction and wine seminars!

Thanks to the generous support from the evening’s hosts, event sponsors, donors and volunteers, 100 percent of proceeds go directly to Second Harvest Heartland.  Since its inception, Vintner Ball has raised more than $1.2 million for Second Harvest Heartland, which is enough to provide nearly 4.5 million meals to those in need in our community.

Learn more or RSVP today at

Make a Difference with Your Kids: Bring Your Child to Serve Day 2014

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Each year, Americans across the country come together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to serve their neighbors and communities in honor of Dr. King. As part of this national movement, we’re once again hosting “Bring Your Child to Serve Day” on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We’re excited to offer parents and their children an opportunity to volunteer together and generate awareness around the issue of hunger!

Event: 400 youth ages eight and older and their parents will work in shifts sorting and packing food for the nearly 600,000 individuals in need of hunger relief in our community.

When: Monday, January 20, 2014
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (volunteers needed for this shift!)

Where: Second Harvest Heartland West
6325 Sandburg Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Bremer Bank, a longtime supporter of community service with a keen interest in hunger relief, is sponsoring the event and will have employees and their children on hand volunteering. Thank you Bremer Bank!

Please consider joining us on January 20 to honor the late Dr. King and serve those in need in our community! Sign up for a volunteer shift here.

Save the Date: Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

WCCO Radio and Taste of the NFL present the fifth annual Let’s Kick Hunger Day Radiothon—a day-long event sponsored by Land O’ Lakes, General Mills and AgStar Financial Services to benefit Second Harvest Heartland—taking place Thursday, January 30.

A record 1 in 10 Minnesotans—and 1 in 6 Minnesota kids—are at risk of going without a meal on any given day. Let’s Kick Hunger Day will raise crucial funds to provide more meals to those children, working families and seniors right here in our community through Second Harvest Heartland.

100% of your contribution will stay local and will help provide meals to children, working families and seniors.

You can make an impact today: it only takes 26 cents to provide an entire meal for someone in need in your area.

Call in to WCCO on Thursday, January 30 and become a Hunger Hero by signing up to be an ongoing Monthly Giver of $10 or more per month or a one-time gift of $120 or more. Your gift provides a meal-a-day for the entire year for one child, working parent or senior in need.

Make an online donation here or visit our website for more information.

This Year, Pledge to Do More, Give More, Be More

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

New Years is a time to reflect on the past, but also an opportunity to look to the future and make goals. This year, what do you want to accomplish? How do you plan to give back to your community? How will you help others?

Make 2014 the year you pledge to Do More, Give More and Be More by volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland. In just one two-hour volunteer shift, you can help provide 175 meals to our hungry neighbors.

And your help is needed now more than ever, as January and February are some of our most difficult months in which to fill volunteer shifts. We’re anticipating a 20 percent drop in volunteer participation in January, which means packing and distributing less food that our neighbors so greatly need.

This New Year, we hope you’ll resolve to fight hunger with Second Harvest Heartland as a volunteer. Volunteers sort, pack and label the food that goes directly to families in need. Your help can prevent our neighbors from having to make difficult decisions in 2014—decisions like whether to pay rent or put food on the table. Difficult decisions that no one should ever have to make.

Do More, Give More and Be More by volunteering with Second Harvest Heartland today. For a full list of volunteer opportunities, visit here.

Watch the video below to learn more about the need for volunteers!

Give Back Before Giving Thanks: Walk to End Hunger 2013

Monday, November 25th, 2013

This holiday season, thousands of Minnesota families will rely on their local food shelf for a simple holiday meal. You can directly help those in need by joining Second Harvest Heartland for this year’s Walk to End Hunger at the Mall of America on Thanksgiving morning.

The Walk to End Hunger, a family-friendly 5K fun walk, presented by the Twin Cities Hunger Initiative, is a collaboration of hunger relief agencies to raise awareness and funds to end hunger in the Twin Cities and gather thousands of nonperishable food items for local hunger relief organizations, including Second Harvest Heartland.

Why walk:

  • Kids participate for free!
  • NEW this year, break a sweat on the second level of the mall with power walking and other fitness activities.
  • Santa will be there posing for photos.
  • Some rides at the mall will be open for free along with other fun activities for the family.

There are many ways to participate in the walk: join team Second Harvest Heartland, start your own team, make a donation or volunteer. Visit to join us today!

However you choose to participate, you will help provide more food to those who are hungry in our community this holiday season! For more information, visit the Walk to End Hunger website or call 651.789.9842. Hope to see you there!