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 had a food program 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.
  • Your organization's DUNS number (included in application)
  • 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 Education Coordinator, Brittney Hopkins, at (440) 444-0717

 New Partner Charity On-boarding Timeline: pdfPrintable Version

Quarter 1

  • July
  • August
  • September
  1. Applications accepted June 1-August 31
  2. Applications reviewed first week of September
  3. Site visits scheduled weeks 2-4 in September
  4. Applications approved first week of October
  5. Orientation and trainings scheduled for week 2 and 3 October

Quarter 2

  • October
  • November
  • December
  1. Applications accepted September 1-November 30
  2. Applications reviewed first week of December
  3. Site visits scheduled weeks 2-4 in December
  4. Applications approved first week of January
  5. Orientation and trainings scheduled for week 2 and 3 January

Quarter 3

  • January
  • February
  • March
  1. Applications accepted December 1-February 28
  2. Applications reviewed first week of March
  3. Site visits scheduled weeks 2-4 in March
  4. Applications approved first week of April
  5. Orientation and trainings scheduled for week 2 and 3 April

Quarter 4

  • April
  • May
  • June
  1. Applications accepted March 1- May 31
  2. Applications reviewed first week of June
  3. Site visits scheduled weeks 2-4 in June
  4. Applications approved first week of July
  5. Orientation and training scheduled for week 2 and 3 in July