What does an agency do?
Our partner agencies are community organizations who work with Second Harvest to distribute food out into our 18-county service area. Often, these partner agencies are what we refer to as food pantries. In order to become a partner of Second Harvest, agencies must meet a certain set of qualifications and follow our agency guidelines, including food safety training.
Become A Partner
In order to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank, you must:
- Be a tax-exempt house of worship or a 501(c)3 that is incorporated to serve the ill, needy, and/or children.
- Distribute food at least 6 times per year.
- Complete food safety training and have a physical storage space that is secure, clean, and temperature-controlled. This means Second Harvest cannot supply food for outdoor, free-access pantries, often called “Blessing Boxes.”
The Agency Relations team reviews partnership applications on a quarterly basis (January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1). Please ensure all application materials are submitted at least one business day prior to these dates.
Agency Forms and Information
The Emergency Food Assistance Program Packet (USDA)
Get in Touch
For any agency-related questions, please contact your regional Agency Relations Coordinator.
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