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?
Purchase food below retail costs to maximize your food budget and serve more families.
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.
What if I want to do something but can’t start a pantry?
Good news!! We have options:
Produce Distribution Partner:
Requirements: 10+ volunteers, a leadership team willing to go for training at an established ETFB-directed produce drop, a vehicle approved by our Transportation department to receive pallets of produce, submit to an on-site inspection plus annual unannounced monitoring visits.