Impact and Programs
In 2018, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank distributed 4.2 million pounds of food which translates into about 3.5 million meals to people in need. Distribution of fresh produce increased by over 40%. Over 56,832 Households were served by food shelves made up of 156,184 Individuals including 52,991 children. The CSFP NAPS Program provided 18,632 commodity boxes to low income seniors. The Itasca Holiday Program provided 1,700 families with holiday food baskets and over 1,800 gifts for children. The Kids Packs Backpack program provided 28,711 backpack meal sacks to children in 21 schools. The School Pantry Program is now operating in 11 schools and served 3,927 families last year. Our onsite Food Shelf served 11,526 families. The SNAP Outreach program screened over 2,400 people for eligibility. The Agency Capacity Building Program provided equipment grants to 11 member agencies to enhance their ability to store and distribute perishables, especially fresh produce. Several hundred volunteers donated 17,037 hours.
Last year Second Harvest completed a Service Enterprise training program and hired our first volunteer coordinator. We completed the implementation of a new accounting and inventory software program. Our onsite food shelf was remodeled to create a warm and welcoming environment that promoted healthy food choices. We implemented a Diversity and Inclusion Plan and provided training to staff, board members, volunteers and member agency staff and volunteers.
Source and distribute 4.5 million pounds of food and grocery products
Increase produce distribution through improved agency capacity and produce Pop Up distributions. Build agency capacity to serve each community and provide additional fresh, nutritious food. Sustain direct service programs: Food Shelf, Kids Pack Backpack, NAPS, SNAP Outreach. Add School Pantry locations in the region.
Enhance the volunteer program and enlist skills based volunteers.
Community or Constituency Served
Low income food insecure people
Geographic Area Served
7 counties in north central Minnesota: Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Mille Lacs