Last February, the Twin Cities was in the national spotlight as the host of one of the year’s most-watched televised events, the Super Bowl. Second Harvest Heartland was proud to be part of the festivities, allowing the community to come together to help end hunger. 

Volunteers, local meal program partners and our Food Rescue team were at the forefront of these exciting efforts and helped facilitate the recovery of 152,824 pounds of food from Super Bowl and NFL-related events within a two-week period around the big game.

The food collected included an overflow of food prepared or purchased for game-related events, all quickly turned into meals for some of the one in 11 hungry Minnesotans reached by our agency partners. 

Next year, we aim to rescue more than 40 million pounds of food from retail and food service partners through our Food Rescue program. Food Rescue allows us to connect local, high-value, delicious food resources from donors in our community to the programs who can get them to clients the same day. In the future, our new, bigger facility will make it possible for us to safely receive, store and distribute even more quantities of produce, lean proteins and other fresh foods from multiple sources.