The Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank
is a non-profit hunger relief charity that solicits and collects
surplus food. The Food Bank stores and distributes this food to
agencies primarily feeding the needy in a five-county service area
that includes Houston, Henry, Dale, Geneva and Coffee counties, as
well as parts of northwest Florida and southwest Georgia.
We are an independent non-profit, with paid staff, volunteers, and a
board of directors. Operating from an 18,000 square food warehouse
with refrigerated storage, and networked through Americas Second
Harvest (the nations food bank network), the Food Bank can access
food and other assorted grocery products, and operate at a minimal
cost. As a result, member non-profit agencies that utilize the Food
Bank are able to conduct their food programs in a cost effective
manner. No donated food is ever sold by the Food Bank or by any
member agency. Food recipients incur no cost for food assistance.
A shared maintenance fee (SMF) assessed to affiliate agencies helps
to support the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank. Additional
financial support is generously donated from churches, civic clubs,
businesses and concerned citizens.
Who we serve:
Food is distributed free by affiliate agencies to the hungry, the
elderly and children either through on-site meals or by emergency
The ultimate beneficiaries of the Food Bank are the people who
receive the food we distribute, though much could be said of the
benefits received by volunteers, donors and supporters.
Some programs which benefit are:
Day Care Centers
Senior Citizen Programs
Health Care Centers and Programs
Brown Bag of the Wiregrass
Where does the food come from?
Surplus food comes from all areas of the food industry. The major
sources of surplus food are supermarkets, manufacturers, wholesalers
and distributors. USDA commodities are distributed as part of our
participation in the Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
Alabama Food Bank Association members supply food from statewide
sources. The Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank is an affiliate of
Americas Second Harvest and receives product donated nationally to
Second Harvest through its certified affiliate food banks across
Some reasons for available surplus foods:
Improperly Packaged Products
Superficially Defaced Products
Inventory Over Stock
To maintain accountability to our donors and to protect the
integrity of the food bank system, we monitor our agencies on a
regular basis to ensure that food is going to qualified clients,
that proper distribution records are kept and that food is stored in
a safe environment until distributed.