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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our mission is nourish our neighbors in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas through education, advocacy and food distribution.

Results: Last year, Second Harvest Community Food Bank distributed 5.7 million pounds of food to our neighbors in need.

Target demographics: feed hungry families, children and seniors

Direct beneficiaries per year: We serve 15,000 people each month through a network of 100 nonprofits and direct services

Geographic areas served: nineteen counties in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas

Programs: Children: Backpack Buddies--take home kid-friendly weekend meals for children; Campus Cupboard--on-site food pantry in area schools; No Hunger Summer--lunchtime meals for children during the summer break; Kate's Cafe'--after school meals and activities for children Families: Fresh Start--our on site food pantry distributes nutritious food to 1,500 individuals each week; The Garden--our on site garden growing fresh produce; Close the Gap--Helping families to utilize government support through SNAP (formerly food stamp program). Seniors: Providing supplemental food boxes to seniors over the age of 60 to help meet their needs Neighborhoods: Distributing food to our 100 non-profit Partner Agencies in 15 Missouri counties and 4 Kansas counties.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If I could change anything at all about second harvest it would be to add me to the team this is a group of hard working individuals that are as compassionate as I am with helping others and I love that keep up the good work SHCFB...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second Harvest Community Food Bank houses a team of extremely hard workers who are so passionate, not only about serving their community in need, but who also work tirelessly to achieve their goal of ending hunger in this area.

I can say enough good things about the organization and efficiency of this company. Couple that with caring and generous hearts, and you have a great recipe for a thriving community food bank.

Anna West
Northwest Health Services

Roger L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Second Harvest Community Food Bank provides not only food to pantries, daycares, senior centers, etc. but is also a strong leader and advocate for eliminating hunger in our region. As a church leader I am indebted for their knowledge and expertise in care for those who use their services and the professional distribution network they oversee.
Our congregation and volunteers totally trust and support the work and partnership we have with Second Harvest Community Food Bank.

Rev. Roger Lenander
First Lutheran Church
St. Joseph, MO


Rating: 5

I first had contact with Second Harvest Food Bank several years ago as a member of Eastside Rotary, and since that time my respect for the organization has grown throughout the years. The new leadership is outstanding and has put Second Harvest on a path to eradicate hunger in St. Joseph. I can't say enough good things about the job they are doing.


Rating: 5

I have worked with the Backpack Buddies Program through the Second Harvest Community Food Bank the past 4 years. Backpack Buddies provides elementary school children with nutritious food for the weekend every friday during the school year.
The Second Harvest staff is exceptional to work with in this program. They all are very concerned about the "needy" children that the Backpack Buddies program provides for. The staff continues to strive to be able to provide more for the St. Joseph School District 750 students who receive the backpacks each friday. They/we would like to provide for more students to participate in this program and the Second Harvest staff works diligently in trying to come up with ways to promote funding for this program.
Second Harvest does so many wonderful things for our community and i really am "touched" by their focus on our elementary students not going "hungry" over the weekends during the school year.
We are so fortunate as a community and as a school district to have a local organization that strives to "reach out" to our community members that are in need.
Finally, the great rapport that Second Harvest has with the businesses in our community is exceptional - the St. Joseph community comes together when there are people in need and Second Harvest plays a vital role in providing avenues for those who are "hungry".


Rating: 5

Hy-Vee has been partnered with Second Harvest since our store was built over 8 years ago. Through our donations to the Food Rescue Program and our employees' giving to many other of their valuable programs, it has been a very positive relationship. Second Harvest does so much good throughout the region that I cannot fathom NOT being partnered with them for many, many years to come.
If we weren't helping Second harvest then we wouldn't be a very good corporate citizen.------Brad McAnally

Tamara G.


Rating: 5

Second Harvest Community Food Bank in St. Joseph, MO is a charity that truly cares for the individuals and community they serve. Every dollar our company has donated to Second Harvest, is really an investment in our community and those they serve. The core group at Second Harvest has built a great foundation for the future. Their new director is bringing change, forward thinking and great new initiatives to take them into the next chapter. I look forward to continuing to work with the group at Second Harvest and encourage you do so so as well.