Do you want to help with hunger relief efforts in Idaho? Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and have the capacity and resources to store and distribute food, meals or other hunger-related services?
If so, you may be just the partner we need, especially in areas of Idaho that lack emergency food and services. Our partner agencies distribute directly to those in need and are a vital part of the emergency food chain. The Idaho Foodbank (IFB) provides partner agencies access to low- and no-cost food to distribute to clients. We also provide technical assistance and training while we ensure your program meets food safety standards and provides fair and equitable service to clients. Read below to learn about our requirements for partners and some tips for starting a food program.
However, it is also important to consider partnerships with agencies that already distribute food in your community. It might be more economical for you to provide volunteer or financial support to help them expand their hours or the number of people they serve.
If you do want to proceed, any organization that wishes to partner with IFB must meet the following requirements prior to beginning the application process:
- Be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable organization, or be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) umbrella organization. Limited exceptions may be made if your church meets the spirit of the criteria used by the IRS to define a church
- Offer services directly to the ill, needy, or children (under 18 years) free of charge and with no requirement to attend any kind of service
- Distribute food as an emergency food box or as a meal prepared onsite to be consumed on the premises
- Have a facility able to safely handle and distribute food.
- Have a record-keeping system that fulfills IFB’s reporting requirements
- Obtain a food-handlers certification or license
- We recommended that new agencies operate a food program for at least six months prior to applying
Running a food program is a big responsibility. It requires a major commitment of time, funds and energy.
Once you meet all of the above requirements, becoming a Partner Agency can be very easy. The Idaho Foodbank accepts applications at any time, however during October-January the application process can take longer than the average 4-6 week time frame.