America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that distributes over 5.5 million pounds of food every year, equaling 4.5 million meals, for those in need.
The food that 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.
We do this in partnership with over 135 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 the partner agencies, who have food pantries, feeding sites and residential programs for those in need.
One in six Americans experience hunger on a regular basis. Every month in the Big Bend, more than 33,000 people are given our food, one-third of whom are children, and 11% are seniors. The numbers of those in need continue to increase, so we are also working to increase the amount of food available. We hope that you will join us as we fight hunger and feed hope.