Nutrition is an important part of our goal to create a healthy and hunger-free NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin.

For many of our Northland neighbors nutritious food like fresh fruits and vegetables may be too expensive and simply out of reach.  Without proper nutrition, these neighbors have an increased risk of chronic disease like obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank has made a commitment to accessing nutritional food for our agency partners and our programs. In fact, nearly 2/3 of the food we distribute meet the “My Plate” five food group building blocks. And, as much as 27% of the food we distribute – over 1.8 million pounds – are fresh fruits and vegetables.

Our commitment to nutrition includes:

We recognize that we play a supplemental role in the dietary needs of our Northland neighbors.  Our goal isn’t to limit their food options but to instead offer a choice of healthy and nutritious food, which leads to healthier lives and outcomes.