We are working to end hunger in North Central MN through partnerships with community food shelves and hunger assistance organizations.
Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, serves over 115 hunger relief agencies in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Kanabec and Mille Lacs counties in North Central Minnesota. We are located in Grand Rapids and administer several programs that distribute over 4.5 million pounds of donated and purchased food and grocery products directly to individuals and through agencies that serve the needy. The Food Bank has 14 employees and over 500 regular volunteers who work daily or on special events. Three delivery trucks pick up and distribute the food throughout the service area. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank supplies the most basic of human needs – FOOD. We provide this food to food shelves, soup kitchens and shelters that feed many hungry children, working families, disabled people and the elderly. We are experts at procuring excess food products and distributing them to hungry people. We are at the front lines in advocacy for hunger relief locally, statewide and nationally. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank serves some of the highest poverty areas in Minnesota. Every year an estimated 28,700 different people are served by the food bank, about 3,500 different people receive emergency food assistance in any given week.