5 Eyewitness News teams up with Minnesota Central Kitchen

Kate Bendell
Updated: March 20, 2020 12:39 PM
Created: March 18, 2020 01:45 PM

As Minnesotans stay home in an effort to keep our entire community safe as concerns regarding COVID-19 grow and on the heels of the state’s emergency closing of restaurants’ dine-in offerings, the hospitality industry is left with few patrons, an abundance of food and teams without work. With a dash of innovation and a generous helping of creativity, Minnesota’s Central Kitchen is open for business.

Second Harvest Heartland is teaming up with three local restaurants; Restuarant Alma, Bachelor Farmer and Chowgirls Killer Catering to make to-go meals for anyone that needs it. These restaurants have plenty of food that will go to waste if not used, and the kitchen space to prepare meals safely. Using a take-out approach, these meals will then delivered to hunger-relief programs.  


One of Second Harvest Heartland’s community partners, Loaves and Fishes, has offered to use their sites to distribute these prepared meals. The plan is to provide 200 to 500 meals a day initially, eventually ramping up to 2,000 meals a day.  

Typically, Loaves and Fishes welcomes people into their facilities for a free meal at one of their 30 locations throughout the state.   However, they are changing their approach and will instead have people pick up their to-go meals for dinner.  They will even bring it out to a person’s car.  You can find a list of their locations here.

Second Harvest Heartland is also working to create 100,000 Meal Boxes, which include canned items to get people through a weeks’ worth of dinners. Loaves and Fishes is also the distribution center for the Meal Boxes. 

The public is encouraged to make donations to help Second Harvest Heartland and its mighty network of partners continue to provide meals for the most vulnerable among us. Just $1 can create three meals. Please donate to keep Minnesota’s Central Kitchen open.

Any restaurants interested in donating their kitchens, remaining food, teams and talent are encouraged to contact Second Harvest Heartland’s food rescue emerging streams developer Dianne Wortz.  

For Loaves and Fishes locations, click here.

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