All the forms you need to successfully run your food distribution are here.
Due by the 5th of every month to [email protected]
Sign In Sheet for EFAP ONLY.
Income Guidelines – Must be posted during distribution.
Alternate Pick Up Forms
EFAP Beneficiary Referral Request Forms
Frontline Staff Civil Rights Checklist
Non-Frontline Staff Civil Rights Checklists
HIGHLY recommended for use with refrigerators and freezers.
Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Monthly Reports are an important part of keeping your partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank active.
By letting us know how many people your organization has fed each month, we can better serve the community needs. Monthly reports are due by the 10th of each month. They can be faxed to 949-407-4858, emailed to [email protected] , or sent in with an authorized shopper.
Please contact the Partner Development & Support Department at 949-208-3141 with any questions you may have.
In this section community partners can find updates to policies and procedures.
There are additional resources for partners who would like to increase their capacity to distribute more food.
Community Partner Manual – This community partner manual is your guide to being an partner with Second Harvest Food Bank. It includes policies, member programs, reporting requirements, and more. Download the manual.
Converting to Client Choice
Why make the switch? Because your pantry can help end hunger in Orange County!
Client Choice is an extremely cost-effective way to run the best possible pantry. It actually takes less volunteer hours, less manpower, and less money. Plus, your resources and food will go farther, which means you will be able to feed more people and get closer to our goal of ending hunger in Orange County.
Ending hunger doesn’t mean people will never be in need of assistance ever again. It means: Ensuring that anyone in Orange County needing food assistance can access high quality, nutritious food at a convenient and dignified distribution to see them through their time of need.
Asking for food assistance is often one of the most humiliating experiences a person can be forced to endure. As organizations that seek to serve people in need in our community, we should attempt to make our clients’ experience as dignified and empowering as possible. After all, the purpose of our work is to help our clients.
We all enjoy exercising choice in our daily lives, so pantry clients should also be able to choose the foods they like to eat and are able to use.
Research suggests that if people are given arbitrary selections of food without regard to their needs, tastes, habits, traditions, abilities, and circumstances, up to half the food given will not be consumed by the intended beneficiaries. This finding is further supported by first-hand experiences of pantry volunteers and clients.
There are numerous stories of pantry volunteers who dutifully pre-bag identical grocery bags for distribution, only to later find items from the distribution scattered throughout the parking lot. By giving clients items that they neither want nor can use, valuable food resources in the community are wasted.
One of the most effective ways to reduce waste and maintain our clients’ dignity is through Client Choice. Converting your current pantry to Client Choice is EASY! It simply means letting people choose what they need and want.
The Client Choice food pantry is set up like a little grocery store. A variety of food and non-food items (like hygiene and cleaning products) are organized and attractively displayed. People browse the shelves and choose the items they need. If there is a popular item, it’s ok to put limits on how many a family can take. Otherwise, food pantries should permit clients to pick out what they want and need without further direction. This is by far a “best practice” method of running a food pantry.
Common Misconceptions & Roadblocks:
I don’t have enough space.
You don’t need much space at all. A Client Choice pantry can be the size of a small closet. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. If you don’t have a large space, you can put items on tables and still let people choose.
I don’t have enough volunteers.
Running a Client Choice pantry actually requires less volunteers because you don’t have to pre-pack those bags. You can run a client choice pantry with only one volunteer.
I don’t have enough food.
You will actually have more food because people are only going to take what they want and need. None of the food in your pantry will be wasted. You will be able to utilize the food bank more because you won’t have to worry about stocking and having specific items.
Second Harvest can help you!
Even a very limited amount of choice is better than having no choice at all.
Use this form to keep Second Harvest Food Bank up-to-date with any changes, including Primary Contact, Address, Distribution Hours and Approved Product Selectors (APS)