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Food Rescue and COVID-19

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Food Rescue and COVID-19 - Star Tribune

Second Harvest Heartland, along with many restaurants in our greater metro area, are teaming up to help feed those in need during these trying times. If your business is in a position to help, Washington and Ramsey counties want to work with you to help support donations of excess food, space or time to help those in need within our communities.

As concerns around COVID-19 grow, Minnesotans are cooking and eating at home and the hospitality industry is left with an abundance of food and teams with little work. Second Harvest Heartland and a growing group of local restaurateurs are getting creative about the problem, using the quiet kitchens to feed Minnesotans in need. See the full story here.

Here’s how to help:

  • Restaurants with available food should use Meal Connect to donate food to local hunger relief efforts. Second Harvest will pick up the food, providing a pick-up time window. Donations are tax-deductible.
  • Restaurants with available food and/or kitchen space, teams and talent interested in participating should contact Dianne Wortz at
  • Businesses that want to donate packaging, cleaning/sanitizing supplies and other non-food items should email
  • Individuals who want to volunteer their time and cooking expertise should express their interest with an email to
  • If your restaurant is offering free meals in the community separately from this effort, please update this map with your site’s information.