The Mission of Second Harvest of the Big Bend is to advance change by feeding the hungry and educating and engaging the community in the fight to end hunger.
In the Big Bend, there is food available and no one should have to go hungry.
Second Harvest of the Big Bend is a 501c (3) nonprofit charity formed to address the urgent problem of hunger in the community. Second Harvest food bank feeds the hungry in 11 counties (insert link to service area map) of the Big Bend through our network of 135 partner agencies.
Founded in 1982 as the Food Bank of Tallahassee, we began by picking up prepared and perishable food at local restaurants and grocery stores (“food rescue”). In 1986 we joined America’s Second Harvest – the Nation’s Food Bank Network, now called Feeding America. Feeding America is a network of more than 200 food banks that each has a defined service area.
Support for our programs comes from a variety of sources. Gifts from individuals, grants from foundations, workplace giving campaigns and corporate sponsorship and cause-related marketing are all sources from which we receive generous financial support with which to carry out our mission.
Second Harvest of the Big Bend distributes enough food for more than 10 million meals annually, ensuring food safety throughout the entire process.
Working with our wide network of partners, volunteers and donors, our 40,000+ square feet of dry, refrigerator and freezer space is constantly accepting and distributing donations. Our fleet of trucks travels nearly 100,000 miles a year, picking up food donations and delivering them to local food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior community centers and children’s feeding programs.
Food Sources and Donors
Second Harvest food bank procures food from manufacturers, farmers, retailers, food drives and more.
Food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, meal programs and after-school programs distribute food in our community.
Children, adults, families and seniors have access to food.
- Mission Commitment
Our work is about more than moving food. It’s about making families whole again – making sure kids have the food they need to learn in school, relieving the stress of an empty cupboard for parents, or giving seniors a little bit more so they can stretch their dollars every month. Last year, we helped provide more than 10 million meals to 135 food pantries and other partner programs serving 11 counties in Florida’s Big Bend region.