Second Harvest North Central Food Bank announced its August dates for the Produce Pop-Ups program.

In partnership with food shelves and community supporters like Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Foundation, Second Harvest will bring large quantities of free fresh produce for people in need to multiple locations in the region.

Distribution dates and area locations include:

  • Emily Food Shelf: 1:30-3:30 p.m. or until food is gone Wednesday, Aug. 14.

  • Lakes Area Food Shelf, Pequot Lakes: 9:30 a.m.-noon or until food is gone Thursday, Aug. 15.

  • Pine River Food Shelf: 10 a.m.-noon or until food is gone Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Making a greater impact on the people and communities they serve through the distribution of healthy, nutritious foods is the organization’s objective, a news release stated. Second Harvest has access to thousands of pounds of produce during the growing season of July through September.

The abundance of produce is largely due to the Farm to Food Shelf Program that supports donations of produce grown in the state. Millions of pounds of produce that would otherwise go unsold is donated to the food banks in Minnesota and distributed to food shelves and through direct distribution to people in need.

For more information about the Second Harvest’s Produce Pop-Up Pantry Program, contact Susan Estee at 218-326-4420 or