We Need Your Help- COVID-19 Response Campaign
Socially distanced food distribution event

Second Harvest mobile food distributions adhere to socially distanced safety practices.

Our communities and your Second Harvest Food Bank are all too familiar with responding to natural disasters – from Hurricane Michael and flooding in Steinhatchee to the Eastpoint Fire. The citizens of Big Bend have stepped up time and time again to help their neighbors in need after these disasters.

The Coronavirus poses an even greater threat to food insecure populations. Prior to the virus, Second Harvest food bank was providing food support to 100,000 people in the Big Bend. Today, we are providing food assistance to 150,000 people–almost 30% of the Big Bend’s population. You can help ensure our neighbors in need can make it through these challenging times.


  • In the Big Bend, food insecurity has surged from 14.6 to 29%, with an additional 52,000 people food insecure
  • In Leon County, 68,000 people are struggling every day to find their next meal
  • Child food insecurity is up 56%
How can you help?

Monetary donations: While all support is appreciated, financial support helps us use your gift to meet the greatest needs. A donation of any amount helps us continue to respond.

Donate here to support our response campaign. Funds not spent in this preparedness effort will be directed to support the ongoing emergency food needs of the community.

Food: To ensure the highest food safety standards for our community, we are asking for monetary donations to purchase the most needed items and not encouraging community food drives.

Volunteer: Please volunteer to help us pre-pack boxes during the next few weeks. Click the volunteer box below for dates and times and to register for volunteer shifts.

Please know that we are doing everything possible to ensure your safety when you volunteer by:

  • Providing several hand washing stations – Please wash your  hands upon arrival.  Hand washing should last at least 20 seconds under warm water.
  • Eliminating Handshakes and hugs – Sorry. Elbow bumps are welcomed!
  • Social distancing: accommodations are in place to allow volunteers to perform their duties with reasonable social distancing.
  • Providing Protective Gear  – We have hand sanitizer located throughout our various facilities. We also have gloves available for volunteers during their shift.
  • Stay Healthy – If you are feeling under the weather we ask that you cancel your registration and come back and visit us when you feel better.

Your Health is Our Priority

Second Harvest food bank shares the growing concerns about the COVID-19 virus outbreak. As a member of state and local emergency response teams, we are closely monitoring the evolving outbreak among the communities we serve to ensure that people continue to get the nutritious food they need.

The health and safety of our volunteers, staff, partners, and the community is always our top priority. Second Harvest will communicate any changes in our operations that may affect those we serve, in addition to our staff and volunteers, on this page and Facebook.

To ensure food safety, Second Harvest has increased cleaning in the warehouse. We have installed hand sanitizer stations, and posted hand-washing and best safety practice protocols throughout our warehouse. We encourage everyone to follow these best practices to keep yourself and others healthy.