Who can be a partner agency with the East Texas Food Bank?
Food pantries that have been in operation for at least one full year in the past two.
What are the requirements to be a partner agency with the East Texas Food Bank?
Be a 501(c)3 recognized organization, in good standing with the IRS, or affiliated with a church.
Have served at least 50 families for 6 or more months out of the 12 months operating.
Have a cool, dry area to store food.
Pass an on-site inspection performed by staff from the East Texas Food Bank.
Be open to coordinating operating hours with fellow partners in your area to best meet the needs of the community.
Why consider joining?
80% of the food distributed to partners is free, with only a small maintenance fee to help us cover handling expenses.
Access to a wide variety of items.
A support structure to help you find the resources available to help you grow as a pantry and community partner.
When can I apply?
Anytime from February 1st until October 31st of each year. Any applications received outside of these dates will not be reviewed until the end of February.
How long will it take?
Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis to manage the most comprehensive onboarding so new partners can get the individual attention needed to feel fully supported. You can expect the first follow-up contact within 4 to 6 weeks from us receiving your inquiry and about 6 to 8 weeks after that to finish the process.