There are two ways to partner with us to distribute food in your community:
1. Operate a Food Pantry as a Partner Agency
- A food pantry is a community-based program that collects and safely stores food and household products for free distribution to low-income and needy members of the community.
- Each pantry sets their distributing frequency and hours of operation.
- New pantries are added based on the identified needs in your area and must be a 501C3, as recognized by the IRS with a letter of determination or exempt as a Church.
Benefits of Food Pantries:
- Offer a sustainable source of food for food insecure families in the community.
- Free up finances for families that would otherwise be spent on groceries.
- Empower communities to combat hunger in their own backyards.
- Connect families with community services to alleviate other hardships.
If your organization is interested in becoming a pantry, please fill out an interest form found HERE.
For more information about operating a food pantry as a Partner Agency, please contact Cynthia Douglas, Assistant Programs Manager, at (850) 544-2277 or Cynthia@FightingHunger.org.
2. Host a Mobile Pantry
- Mobile pantries are Second Harvest of the Big Bend food distributions funded by grants and donations and are conducted jointly with one of our Agency Partners or Community Organizations located throughout our 11-county service area.
- These events often are located in a church or nonprofit’s parking lot at an announced date and time.
- Between 100 and 900 people will typically receive food distributions, including dry goods, fresh produce and frozen meat.
Benefits of Mobile Pantries
Besides offering flexibility of delivery, mobile pantries offer an effective and expeditious way of distributing food and maintain an atmosphere of dignity. A mobile pantry also serves some very specific needs:
- Targets the underserved area, removing barriers to access and therefore expands capacity, builds the community and creates access.
- Takes food directly to clients in a timely manner allowing a farmer’s market-style distribution encouraging greater interaction between volunteers and clients, allowing them to share recipes, family traditions and life stories.
- Provides the opportunity for religious and charitable organizations to partner with local governments, businesses, and universities to manage the distribution. A one-time distribution can develop into a long-term partnership of providing necessary services for the needy in the community.
If your organization is interested in hosting a mobile pantry, please fill out an interest form found HERE.
A representative from our office will reach out within seven days of receipt of you interest form. Please note, your requested date is not guaranteed without confirmation from our office.
Please note, all mobile pantry requests must be submitted through the interest form above.