Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.

Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope

aka Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend

Tallahassee, FL


The mission of America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend is to feed the estimated 139,000 hungry people, including 32,000 children, in the Big Bend through our network of 135 partner agencies and other organizations, and to lead the community in the fight against hunger.

Ruling Year



Mr. Rick Minor

Main Address

4446 Entrepot Blvd.

Tallahassee, FL 32310 USA


food, food bank, hunger, needy, volunteers





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Food access and availability set the foundation for a stable, healthy productive, life. Conversely, lack of nutritious food has been shown to impair development, increase at-risk behavior, and hinder quality of life. The mission of America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend (Second Harvest) is to feed the hungry people in the Big Bend through our network of 135 partner agencies, and educate and engage the community in the fight against food insecurity and hunger.

Florida's overall food insecurity rate is 15.1%. Of the state's 67 counties, Second Harvest serves the following (state ranking):
1. Gadsden County (24.6%)
2. Madison County (22.2%)
3. Leon County (22.1%)
6. Jackson County (20.4%)
9. Jefferson County (19.5%)
17. Taylor County (18.1%)
18. Franklin County (17.7%)

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Fighting Hunger in Florida's Big Bend

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Our vision is of a hunger-free Big Bend. No one should be hungry in our community.

Food Bank Operations - The core program of Second Harvest is the food bank designed to provide large quantities of food to those in need. We act as food storage and distribution depots for smaller front-line agencies. Second Harvest's warehouse, trucks and tracking systems ensure that struggling families have access to a safe, nutritious supply of charitable food when they need it most. Our food distribution program in the Promise Zone is supplemented by initiatives targeting at-risk youth, seniors, and those unable to access food stores. Clients receive food for no charge. Mobile Pantry - Mobile Pantries directly serve clients in areas of high need. Second Harvest's Mobile Pantry Program addresses the barrier by delivering nutritious food on-site, directly from refrigerated vehicles. Backpack Program - Our Child Nutrition Programs are targeted at children who qualify for free or reduced lunches during the school year, but seldom have consistent meals when not in school. Children are given a 'backpack' of food each Friday to ensure their nutritional needs are met over the weekend. Summer Food Service Program - By participating in the Florida Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program, Second Harvest provides nutritious meals at sponsored sites to children who might otherwise go hungry. Senior Grocery Program - The Senior Hunger Program addresses the needs of fixed-income or impoverished seniors throughout the Big Bend. It helps at-risk seniors aged 60+ by providing them with food selected to accommodate the unique nutritional needs. Second Harvest is part of a team of first responders in Florida. Our state partner, Feeding Florida, collaborates with Feeding America, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), FEMA and other disaster responders to prepare for catastrophic events.

Second Harvest will deliver enough nutritious food for over 7.4 million free meals this year, an increase of 51% (+2.27 million meals) from 2015. 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, over 11 million meals are missing from the dinner table.

Getting food to hungry people requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Our ability to acquire, inspect, store and deliver millions of pounds of food annually defines the unique role of a food bank. Seven shipping docks, refrigerated trucks and a 41,000 sq. ft. warehouse with 6,000 sq. ft. each of freezer and cooler space, and staff state-certified in safe food handling. During emergencies, Second Harvest can (and has) received and shipped 10 tractor trailers (400,000 pounds) of food and supplies in a day.

Second Harvest tracks the receipt and distribution of all food, produce and grocery items.

In 2017-18, Second Harvest will increase food distribution in the Big Bend by 15%, or 900,000 meals, when compared to last year.

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Feeding America Network Member


America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.

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