Second Harvest has more than 470 Partner Agencies located throughout our 46-county service area in Middle and West Tennessee.
Partner Agencies receive food directly from Second Harvest for distribution in their communities. A Partner Agency is a non-profit agency or church that has completed the application process and met specific requirements in order to receive food from, and partner with, Second Harvest.
Partner Agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. Partner Agencies may order food through AgencyLink, our online ordering system, and receive it through one of our many Rural Route delivery options or pick it up at a Second Harvest Distribution Center. Partner Agencies may also receive food by visiting The Market, our open shopping area at Second Harvest Distribution Centers.
Becoming a Partner Agency saves organizations valuable money and time, which allows them to apply those scarce resources to serving their clients. Participation as a Partner Agency is limited to churches that meet requirements or 501c3, tax-exempt organizations incorporated for the primary purpose of serving the ill, needy, or children. Clients of Partner Agencies must be able to receive food from the organization without paying a fee, performing a service, or attending a religious service/lecture.
To become a Partner Agency, the agency must meet specific requirements and complete the application process. You also will be asked to attend Agency Orientation, which includes food safety training, a program overview, instructions for ordering food online, and a warehouse tour. Orientation is the second Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. After receiving the completed application and other required documentation, Second Harvest will conduct a site visit at your location to monitor where food will be stored and distributed, and to ensure food safety.
Download the SHFB Partner Agency Application here to get started. For more information, call 615-329-3491 and ask to speak to an agency relations manager.
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