Who We Are

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank LogoSecond 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.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank supplies the most basic of human needs – Food. We provide this food to agencies 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. An estimated 17,200 different people per month are served by the Food Bank, about 4,400 different people receive emergency food assistance in any given week. The amount of food distributed by the Food Bank rises each year as the number of people coming to our hunger relief agencies continues to increase.

Guiding Principles

  1. We believe that access to nutritious food is a basic human right.
  2. We work to get as much food as possible to people in need.
  3. We will treat others with dignity, respect, and value diversity.
  4. We believe in the power of community and that more can be accomplished through partnerships than can be accomplished alone.
  5. We believe that people are our greatest resource, so we invest in human potential and strive for continuous improvement.
  6. We demonstrate caring, helpfulness, integrity, and accountability.
  7. Our facility is a gathering place for education, community organizing, and sharing of resources as we work to build relationships and raise public awareness of the causes of hunger and poverty.

Our Mission & Vision

MISSION: Engaging the community to end hunger.

VISION: Hunger is universally unacceptable, and nutritious food is available to everyone.

Everyday people living in our small towns and rural areas go hungry because they don’t have enough food to eat. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank has been helping local people meet basic food needs for over 30 years.

Counties We Serve

Aitkin County, Cass County, Crow Wing County, Itasca County, Kanabec County, Koochiching County, Mille Lacs County