Second Harvest provides food to more than 300 partner agencies from the very small to the very large. Some operate soup kitchens or food pantries. Others include shelters, human service organizations and nonprofit organizations that serve meals or distribute food packages. Food is also made available to organizations that serve disaster relief sites. They all count on Second Harvest as a reliable source of dry food like pasta and cereal, canned foods, fresh or frozen meats and produce, even sundries like paper towels and cleaning supplies.
Nonprofit agencies and churches that feed hungry people are encouraged to apply for membership with Second Harvest. Partner agencies must be an established nonprofit or church with a substantial program for distributing food packages or serving meals to the ill, infants, or needy. Agencies must also meet health standards for storing and handling the food received. Second Harvest’s staff visits each organization to help them learn and apply appropriate, cost-effective methods for safe food service handling and distribution.
If your organization has a feeding program and is interested in becoming a partner of the food bank, please call 912.721.1783 or 912.721.1788 or click here for an agency application.
Criteria for Partner Agencies
In order to be considered for membership, an organization must have 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service or be an established church body (as defined by the IRS) and must meet the following criteria:
- Serve low-income individuals that may include ill, elderly, infants, and/or children.
- Serve a clientele of which at least 51% are living with low-income.
- Maintain verification of on-site of population served.
- Supply Second Harvest with a copy of the 501 (c) 3 or proof of existence as an established church as defined by the IRS. (Please ask for Church Qualifier form).
- Assign a director who is responsible for the food program.
- Agree not to sell food or charge for meals for profit. Food from Second Harvest must not be transferred for money, property, or services.
- Provide adequate transportation to pick up food at Second Harvest (rural delivery available for fee).
- Have adequate refrigeration and storage space to ensure the safe use or redistribution of food.
- Meet local and State of Georgia Health Department requirements.
- Release Second and its donors from any and all liability.
- Agree to support the operation of Second Harvest with the established cost for all products. In addition to the shared maintenance contribution, members are required to pay an annual membership fee. Neither the shared maintenance contribution nor the membership fee is used to purchase food. Both are used to support the operation of Second Harvest.
- Maintain copies of invoices for received product from Second Harvest for four (4) years.
- Represent yourself as a member agency of Second Harvest in all communications with donors and the public.
- Agree to follow the policies and to keep and submit records as requested by Second Harvest.