Foodbanking - our core program
Shared Harvest Foodbank collects, warehouses, transports & distributes contributions of wholesome surplus food & other grocery style products to 100+ food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters & similar non-profits in Butler, Warren, Preble, Darke & Miami counties which provide either hot meals or bags of groceries to people in emergency need. The foodbank also is a mixing center providing USDA commodities to five sister foodbanks serving an additional 34 Ohio counties. We distribute an average of ten million pounds of groceries each year though our charitable network. Foodbanking programs are:
As an affiliate of the nations foodbank network, we are able to offer donated foods and other grocery items from national, regional, and local companies to our partner charities.
Retail Pick-Up Program
Rescues perishable, center of the plate foods, from retail grocers utilizing a food safety protocol developed by Kroger, and offers it for distribution to our partner agencies.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program Commodities
Provide the shelf stable staples in emergency food provision and can only be used by Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens, and Shelters.
Ohio Food Purchase Program
Funded by the Ohio General Assembly and purchases food for distribution to our partner charities rounding out our inventory with foods we do not normally receive from TEFAP and donations. Like TEFAP, OFPP food can only be used by emergency food providers.
Ohio Agriculture Clearance Program
Also funded by the Ohio General Assembly, locates surplus agricultural products which are donated by Ohio family farmers and covers their harvesting and processing costs providing over one million pounds of fresh Ohio-grown produce annually to families who normally cannot afford such healthy foods.
Foodbank Market Program
This program is similar to a cooperative buying program, offering meat, eggs, paper and personal supplies, canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, rice and cereals to our partner agencies.