Food Bank Operations

Our core program is the food bank.

The majority of our operation is in the acquisition, storage and distribution of donated and purchased food and grocery items.

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 some 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.

Second Harvest of the Big Bend is a member of the Feeding America network, which is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, comprising 200 food banks throughout the country.

Food collected by Second Harvest food bank is distributed through our network of 135 partner agencies, including other nonprofit charities and faith-based organizations. These range from soup kitchens that serve daily, to food pantries that distribute food weekly, and to residential programs for the homeless.

Our partner agencies are located throughout our 11-county Big Bend service area, including Leon, Gadsden, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Jackson, Liberty, Taylor, Madison and Wakulla Counties. We deliver to each county at least twice monthly, and agencies also can pick up food at our warehouse.