How We Work
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger.
We access national and regional food and non-food donations from major manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and growers for distribution to 120 NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin non-profit agencies. Food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters, after school youth programs, senior nutrition sites, homes for the mentally and physically disabled, and other qualifying non-profit programs access food from our food bank program.
We rescue locally produced perishable food from Duluth and Superior hospitals, schools, restaurants, caterers and retail grocery stores for distribution to qualifying on-site meal programs. ServSafe® staff and refrigerated trucks ensure the safety of the perishable food from donor to recipient.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Second Harvest provides an approximately 35-pound box of free food each month to income-eligible seniors who meet income guidelines. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Program participants receive nutritious food packages meant to supplement the diet. The packages include canned fruits, vegetables, juices, shelf stable milk, low fat American cheese, canned meat, peanut butter or dried beans, cereal, and rice or pasta.
For more information about our program or to see if you qualify click here.
Hermantown Area Food Shelf
Residents of Hermantown and communities north, may participate in our Hermantown Area Food Shelf operating Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Families may also be able to participate in our direct service produce distributions if they are associated with one of our member agencies.
The mission of the BackPack Program is to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank currently partners with the Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, Cloquet, Carlton, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Grand Marais and Superior/Douglas County School Districts; the United Way of Greater Duluth, Carlton County and Superior/Douglas County; regional foundations, businesses and social/religious organizations to provide food to children on weekends. Each week nearly 700 bags of food are provided to children throughout NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin as part of our local BackPack Programs. BackPack Program Summary
In partnership with Feeding America – the Nation’s Food Bank Network and local programs Damiano Center and Boys & Girls Club of Duluth, we ensure the feeding of children at Kids Cafe®. Over 1,600 Kids Cafe programs operate nationwide and exist to feed hot meals to hungry kids while at the same time teaching nutrition education activities in a safe, nurturing environment.