HOW THE FOOD BANK WORKS
We collect millions of pounds of food from growers, packers, processors, manufacturers, the USDA and grocery stores. This can include test-marketed products, items close to code date, produce that is the wrong shape or size for conventional markets and excess. Food drives are an important source of variety.
We truck donated food to our warehouse. Multiple tractor trailer loads of produce come in through the week – these precious, highly perishable items get moved through our warehouse within 24 hours.
Volunteers sort, repack and shelve almost 400 tons of food at our warehouse every week, doing the work of what would be about 50 full-time employees. At any given time, we have around 2 million pounds of food in our warehouse.
We deliver food to over 400+ local nonprofit organizations. This includes over 200 neighborhood pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, homeless shelters and youth programs.
Visitors to our neighborhood pantries select food at weekly farmers’ market-style distributions to cook at home. Food from the Food Bank is also prepared at soup kitchens and packaged into bag lunches for school and summer programs. In all, we serve over 200,000 people each year.