What is the Share Fresh Minnesota produce program?

With 1 in 10 Minnesota households struggling with hunger, we can't afford to allow any food to go to waste. The Share Fresh Minnesota produce program across the six Feeding America food banks that support Minnesota works to collect excess produce from farmers. Then they distribute the locally grown, farm fresh food to food shelves and other hunger relief agencies across the state. Through your generosity, you can help us bring more nutritious food to those in our community who are hungry.

How can you help?

Watch for donation opportunities, share information with your associates and vendors or participate by:

Donating surplus produce: If you find yourself with extra vegetables or fruit crops that would otherwise go unharvested or be discarded, we ask that you consider donating them. You may donate less-than-ideal food that is still perfectly safe and edible to our neighbors in need.

Farm to Foodshelf Grant supports Grower's Generosity

Now there is another reason to consider participating in the Share Fresh Minnesota program, with added support from the “Farm to Foodshelf” grant—funded by the State of Minnesota—to help agricultural producers and processors offset the cost to harvest and pack for shipping their donated fruits and vegetables. Produce must be “surplus that would otherwise go unharvested or be discarded.” Edible and commonly used produce such as potatoes, sweet corn, onions, carrots, squash and other are welcome. In the first grant year, Farm to Foodshelf collected and distributed more than five million pounds of fresh food. In the coming harvest season, we have the opportunity to collect and distribute even more food for our hungry neighbors.

Thank you to the Minnesota growers who participated in the first year of the Farm to Foodshelf grant program!

Call toll free 877.547.0245, email produce@2harvest.org or fill out the short form below to learn more today, and check out our FAQ. Together we can end hunger in Minnesota.