BAY AREA FOOD BANK Overview
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: pack 20 emergency food boxes for families and individuals in need, sort and inspect 200 pounds of canned a dry goods to prepare for distribution, water, maintain and harvest fruits and vegetables from our on-site community garden and pack 35 bags of nutritious, easy-to-prepare food for children in our Backpack Program
Geographic areas served: The Central Gulf Coast including eight counties in south Mississippi, nine counties in south Alabama and seven counties in the Panhandle of Florida.
The Retail Store Level Pickup Program allows the food bank to pick up short dated and perishable products. With increased efficiencies utilizing the UPS Routing and Tracking System, the food bank increased the Retail Store Level Pickup Program from five stores in 2007 to 108 stores in 2010. Each week, through our Retail Store Level Pickup Program, the food bank’s nine refrigerated box trucks are used to conduct over 300 pick-ups from area grocers including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Winn Dixie, Rouse’s, Publix and Target. Food from these pick-ups constitute over one-third of the 1.2 million pounds of food we distribute monthly and are a critical part of the Mobile Pantry Program because it includes fresh produce, frozen meat and baked goods not otherwise available.