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Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer?

If so, you’ve come to the right place.

  • What types of food does Second Harvest distribute? We strive to provide all the foods that families need for balanced nutrition. We not only handle non-perishable foods, but also fresh produce, dairy and meat.

  • Where do you get the food? We welcome food donations from food manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, food drives, the federal government, wholesale and from the national organization, Feeding America. We are also able to purchase food using donated funds in order to provide a consistent supply of products to make complete meals.

  • If I make a monetary donation, where does that money go? Giving money is a great way to support the fight against hunger in our community. You can be sure that your money is going directly to help our neighbors that need it most. Ninety-six percent of funds donated to Second Harvest go directly to providing food for families. Only four percent of each donated dollar is used for administrative or fundraising expenses.

  • What does the 4-star rating from Charity Navigator mean? It means that Charity Navigator has certified Second Harvest as having sound fiscal management practices and is committed to accountability and transparency. A 4 is the highest achievement possible, and we are very proud of this rating!

  • I don’t notice a lot of hungry people in my community. Who does Second Harvest serveIt can be hard to tell whether someone is getting the food and nutrition they need. The food insecure in our community might even be your neighbor or your coworker. We serve nearly 10,000 seniors, children and working-poor families each week with food assistance. 32 percent of our members are children and 37 percent are seniors. Nearly 39 percent of the households we serve include at least one working adult. You can find detailed information about food-insecurity by county by accessing Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap interactive map.

  • What is a food desert? It is an irony that much of the hunger in the United States is concentrated in the areas where our food is grown. Food deserts were defined by the USDA in the 2008 Farm Bill as “an area in the United States with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly such an area composed of predominately lower income communities.”

  • How can I get food or become a Partner Agency? To become a Partner Agency of Second Harvest, please contact Cecilia Deleon at 816.364.3663 or email For information on getting food for a Partner Agency contact our warehouse.

  • You've sold me. How do I get involved? Take a look at our list of Partner Agencies throughout the 19-county service area to find one that is convenient for you. We welcome your donation of time, food or money!

  • I still have questions. Can I talk with someone? Sure! For any questions not answered here, please call 816.364.3663 or email us at

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