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About Us

Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that distributes millions of pounds of food every year to hungry families in the 11-county region of the Big Bend.

The food we distribute includes donated products from national manufacturers, local wholesalers and retailers, other food banks, and local food drives. We also distribute USDA commodities through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and food that we purchase.

In 2018 Second Harvest will deliver enough nutritious food for over 7.4 million free meals, an increase of 51% (+2.27 million meals) from 2015.  We do this in partnership with over 130 non-profit and faith-based organizations who serve individuals, families, children and other low-income persons with special needs. Our food is delivered and distributed to these partner agencies, which in turn provide food pantries, feeding sites and other programs for those in need.

Despite the great strides made by Second Harvest in partnership with the community, the problem of hunger continues to grow. The unmet “meal gap” in our area is about 25 million meals annually.  In Leon County, for example, over 11 million meals are missing from dinner tables each year.

While hunger rates have declined nationally and in Florida, to 13.4% and 15.2% respectively, the food insecurity rate in the Big Bend has grown worse. Unfortunately, the Big Bend region includes the Top 3 most food insecure counties in Florida: Madison County is first, followed by Gadsden (#2) and Leon (#3).

One in five people in the Big Bend experience hunger on a regular basis. Every month we provide meals to feed more than 50,000 people, but the number of people in need is more than twice that amount.

That's why your involvement is so important.  Please consider volunteering your time at our warehouse or making a donation.  Ten pounds of donated food provides approximately 8 meals for a family. A $10 contribution allows Second Harvest to obtain 50 lbs. of food, or 40 meals for a family. 

We hope you will join us as we fight hunger and feed hope!

HOURS OF OPERATION

Our operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are normally closed on Saturday, Sunday and designated holidays.

NOTE: Food is distributed though our partner agencies and no food is distributed to the public at this location. To find a partner agency near you, please click here .