Become a Partner Charity

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio welcomes all qualified non-profit community food programs to become a part of our network. Our programs include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and supplemental programs throughout a four-county region including Crawford, Erie, Huron and Lorain.

Second Harvest encourages organizations to consider the following needs in the community before starting a food program and when applying to partner with us. 

Does your feeding program:

  • Reach a rural or otherwise underserved area or population?
  • Serve more than once a month?
  • Serve on the weekends or in the evening?
  • Aim to serve at least 50 households or meals on the day of service?
  • Offer additional services to meet the needs of the community?
 

 

Partner Charities may apply who have been in operation for a minimum of six (6) months prior to submitting an application.  Proof of existence could include:

  • 6 months of dated food distribution sign in sheets
  • 6 months of dated volunteer work schedules
  • 6 months of food receipts
  • 6 months of time-stamped advertising i.e. social media posts, e-newsletters, bulletins

New Partner Charity Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis.  Please review the timeline below.  To be considered for partnership your organization should submit the following information:

  • Proof of existence for a minimum of six (6) months
  • A current list of board members or trustees
  • A copy of your 501(c) 3 Letter of Determination or Affirmation Letter from the IRS or equivalent fourteen (14) articles for churches.
  • A completed Partner Charity Application
  • Signed Partner Charity letter of agreement (included in application)
  • Signed TEFAP/USDA & OFPACP letter of agreement (included in application)

Mail complete application packets to:

Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
Attn: Program and Member Services
5510 Baumhart Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053

Helpful Resources:

For questions see Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Program and Member Services Assistant Cathy Sheetz, at (440) 960-2316.

 New Partner Charity On-boarding Timeline: pdfPrintable Version

Quarter 1
  • April
  • May
  • June
  1. Applications accepted February 1- April 30
  2. All applications reviewed first week of May
  3. Applications approved for site visits will be scheduled visits weeks 2-4 in May
  4. Applications reviewed for approval first week of June
  5. Orientation and training scheduled for week 2 or 3 in June
  6. Approved partner charities may be able to place their first order by week 4 of June
  7. Qualifying new partner charities become eligible for state and federal foods in September
  8. 5-6 month follow-up visits scheduled for October/November
Quarter 2
  • July
  • August
  • September
  1. Applications accepted May 1- July 31
  2. All applications reviewed first week of August
  3. Applications approved for site visits will be scheduled visits weeks 2-4 in August
  4. Applications reviewed for approval first week of September
  5. Orientation and training scheduled for week 2 or 3 in September
  6. Approved partner charities may be able to place their first order by week 4 of September
  7. Qualifying new partner charities become eligible for state and federal foods in December
  8. 5-6 month follow-up visits scheduled for January/February
Quarter 3
  • October
  • November
  • December
  1. Applications accepted August 1- October 31
  2. All applications reviewed first week of November
  3. Applications approved for site visits will be scheduled visits weeks 2-4 in November
  4. Applications reviewed for approval first week of December
  5. Orientation and training scheduled for week 2 or 3 in December
  6. Approved partner charities may be able to place their first order by week 4 of December
  7. Qualifying new partner charities become eligible for state and federal foods in March
  8. 5-6 month follow-up visits scheduled for April/May
Quarter 4
  • January
  • February
  • April
  1. Applications accepted November 1- January 31
  2. All applications reviewed first week of February
  3. Applications approved for site visits will be scheduled visits weeks 2-4 in February
  4. Applications reviewed for approval first week of March
  5. Orientation and training scheduled for week 2 or 3 in March
  6. Approved partner charities may be able to place their first order by week 4 of March
  7. Qualifying new partner charities become eligible for state and federal foods in July
  8. 5-6 month follow-up visits scheduled for April/May