Second Harvest Community Food Bank Overview
Target demographics: Findings from Hunger in America 2010 indicate that of the 22,000 unduplicated clients served by Second Harvest each month:
• 17% are children 0-5 years
• 89% are white, 4% are African American, 5% are Hispanic
• 99% of the clients are U. S. Citizens
• 55% of the households include 2 – 3 members
• Among households with children younger than age 18, 55% are single parent households
• 60% of households include at least one employed adult
• 73% have incomes below the official federal poverty level during the pervious month; average household income during the previous month was $1,080, compared to a U. S. average in 2008 of $4,186
• 64.8% of clients have completed high school and/or have attended or completed some type of postsecondary education
• 35% of client households reported one or more members in poor health
Direct beneficiaries per year: We serve 10,900 people each month through a network of 100 nonprofits.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Assist in Harvest House, our onsite food pantry
Sorting food, assembling food boxes, etc. in our warehouse
Office help such as filing, data entry, mailings, etc.
Geographic areas served: Second Harvest has a geographic service area of 9,053 square miles and serves 15 mostly rural counties in Northwest Missouri including: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, and Worth. Second Harvest’s territory essentially includes the corridor of Northwest Missouri extending from the far northwest corner of the state (the Missouri/Iowa border), south on the Missouri River (Missouri/Kansas border) to St. Joseph, east on Highway 36 to Chillicothe, then north on Highway 65 to the Iowa line, then back west to the far northwest corner of the state. Second Harvest serves counties in Missouri Senatorial Districts 12, 21, and 34, and Missouri House Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 27, 28, and 29.
Programs: Feeding Families
Distribution to Partner Agencies
Second Harvest partners with 100 nonprofits in our 19 county service area. These Partner Agencies largely are comprised of food pantries, food kitchens and meal sites and utilize Second Harvest as a food resource. In turn, they provide nutritious food to our neighbors in need.
Many of Second Harvest's Member Agencies (over 60 percent) are staffed entirely by volunteers who have neither the time nor capabilities to travel to St. Joseph to pick up food from our facility. This program allows children, families and seniors in rural northern Missouri to access food they might not otherwise receive.
Over 200 families a month receive an emergency food box from church group volunteers. Families are referred directly to Second Harvest to receive a three-day, emergency food basket.
Community Food Center
In the fall of 2011, Second Harvest is project to unveil a unique and innovative program, creating a store for “one-stop shopping” for those in need of food assistance. At the Community Food Center, consumers would be able to access food at no cost, much like a food pantry. However, the unique portion of the Community Food Center is that they would also be able to shop for WIC and SNAP approved food items, using their benefits. The Community Food Center would also provide a full-time SNAP Outreach Coordinator who would assist individuals in the process to become certified for SNAP benefits.
Our consumers have limited resources of time and funds. The Community Food Center would enable an individual to provide all of his or her food needs in one store.
Backpack Buddies provides nutritious, kid-friendly, single-serve food to children on free or reduced lunch. Weekend food packs are placed in a backpack and handed out to children who would otherwise be at risk of going hungry over the weekend. For the 2011-2012 school year, Second Harvest will reach over 2,000 children in 14 counties through the Backpack Buddies program.
This after-school program provides nutritious hot meals and heavy snacks to approximately 30 youth a day that might not otherwise receive evening meals. Bartlett Center of St. Joseph hosts Kids Café.
Senior Care Program
Each month the Second Harvest distributes 600 boxes of vitamin-rich food such as cheese, whole grain cereals and canned fruits and vegetables to low-income elderly individuals in Buchanan, Andrew and DeKalb counties.
Promoting Healthy Eating
Every week, over 400 families visit Second Harvest’s on-site pantry to share in the fresh produce and perishable foods such as eggs, dairy and bread. Produce distribution is approximately 1 million pounds of food each year.
Growing Hope Community Garden
Complete with apple trees, 24 raised beds, irrigation, and a common area, the garden gives those in need an opportunity to grow fresh produce for their own families.
Over 700,000 lbs of food is rescued each year thanks to our Food Rescue program. Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own donated a refrigerated van to Second Harvest to pick up produce and prepared food from local restaurants and grocery stores. The food is then delivered directly to homeless shelters, food kitchens, abuse shelters and food pantries in St. Joseph.
In the fall of 2011, Second Harvest is projected to hire a SNAP Outreach Coordinator. This new position will assist individuals on accessing SNAP benefits. When an individual visits the Community Food Center (see above), her or she will have the opportunity to work directly with the SNAP Outreach Coordinator. The goal is to educate individuals about the benefits of SNAP and to assist them through the process of qualifying for SNAP.