Second Harvest of the Big Bend is a food bank serving 11 counties in the Big Bend region of northwest Florida. SHBB is a 501c(3) nonprofit charity, and the food bank’s primary activity is distributing food from the warehouse to help feed food insecure people through a network of 130+ Partner Agencies, including other nonprofits, social service groups, churches, soup kitchens and shelters.
SHBB is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic food relief organization, and one of three Feeding America food banks in Florida designated for disaster/crisis response.
- Established as Food Bank of Tallahassee at Temple Baptist Church in 1982, distributing prepared and perishable foods
- In 1986, joined America’s Second Harvest—the nation’s food bank network—now called Feeding America
- In the early 1990’s, Second Harvest operated from 7,000 square-foot warehouse in Market Place
- In the late 1990’s, SHBB expanded its service area and opened branch warehouses in Panama City and in Madison County
- In 2000, SHBB doubled warehouse space to 15,000 feet
- In 2001, SHBB distributed a then record 2.3 million pounds of food
- In 2010, Second Harvest moved to a 31,000 square foot facility
- In 2015, SHBB moved to its current, 40,000 square foot facility
- In 2020, SHBB distributed a record 15.3 million pounds of food
- From 2016-2020, the food bank increased food distributions by 149%
- In 2022, Second Harvest will celebrate a 40-year anniversary