At Second Harvest, our core program is our food bank. Most of our operation is in acquiring, storing, and distributing donated and purchased food and grocery items.
Where does the food come from?
Food that is donated comes from national manufacturers, regional farmers, other food banks, wholesalers/distributors, local retailers, food drives, and individual donors. We also purchase foods at a wholesale rate and distribute USDA Commodities through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), for which we are contracted with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to distribute to our qualifying agencies.
Food collected by Second Harvest is distributed through our network of 135 partner agencies, including other nonprofit charities and local faith-based organizations.
What areas do you serve?
Our partner agencies are located throughout our 17-county Big Bend service area, including Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla, Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, and Suwanee.
We deliver to each county at least twice monthly, and partner agencies can pick up additional food at our warehouse.
Second Harvest is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, comprising 200 food banks nationwide.