FAQs

Are you a food pantry?

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No; we supply food to food pantries. Think of us as the middle man; we receive large-scale food donations from manufacturers, retailers, growers, etc. and then divide and distribute those donations to our network of about 200 partner agencies, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc. 

Who do you serve?

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We provide food to about 200 partner agencies within a 200-mile radius of our Murfreesboro, TN warehouse. Our partner agencies (church food pantries, shelters, etc.) are mostly small, rural agencies who then distribute the food to our neighbors in need in their respective communities. With our network of partner agencies, we help feed 35,000 families every month.

Where do you get your food?

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We receive food donations from manufacturers, distributors, growers, retailers, and other charities. Food may have been overproduced, approaching "sell-by" dates, cosmetically damaged, etc. Instead of having this food end up in a landfill, we pick it up and then distribute it to our partner agencies. 

Where do you get your funding?

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Most of our funding comes from individual donors who believe in the work we are doing and refuse to allow our neighbors to go hungry. We also hold fundraising events such as our Drive Out Hunger golf tournament and our Dancing With The Nashville Stars banquet. We also receive some grant funding. 

For every $1 donated, Feed America First has historically been able to provide enough food for 10-15 meals to our neighbors in need. 

How much food do you give away?

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We distribute 900,000+ lbs. of food every month. We have given away over 70 million lbs. of food since we chartered in June 2000.

How often do you distribute food?

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Every Wednesday and Friday, our local partner agencies pick up perishable food from our warehouse in Murfreesboro, TN. Every Thursday, we also travel to different locations to distribute non-perishable food to our partner agencies who are farther away. For example, every first Thursday of the month we send trucks to both Florence, AL and Clarksville, TN. Once we are there, surrounding agencies meet us in a designated area to pick up their monthly food load. On the second Thursday of the month, we travel to Morris Chapel, TN for our agencies in West Tennessee. On the third Thursday of the month, we stay in Murfreesboro, TN for our Middle Tennessee agencies, and on the fourth Thursday on the month, we travel to Cookeville, TN to distribute food to our East Tennessee agencies. 

 

How can I become a partner agency?

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To become a partner agency, you must be a 501(c)(3) organization and agree that you will never barter or sell the food that we give you. To learn more and start the application process, please call our Executive Director, Tom Henry, at (615) 512-5915.

Do you charge a handling fee?

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In 2012 we began asking our partner agencies to pay a "Shared Transportation Cost" (STC) to assist Feed America First in covering a portion of our overhead. The STC is to help cover fuel, labor, equipment maintenance and repair, insurance, and more.

Where are you located?

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Our operations are based out of our warehouse in Murfreesboro, TN, located at 315 Murfreesboro St., Murfreesboro, TN 37127.


Our mailing address is 1715 S. Rutherford Blvd. Suite K #257, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. 

How can I help?

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There are many ways to get involved at Feed America First! You can sign up for e-mail updates,  volunteerdonate, or learn about some easy ways to help (such as linking your Kroger card to Feed America First, so that a portion of what you would regularly spend at the grocery store will be donated to help us feed our neighbors in need). We also hold fundraising events, such as our Drive Out Hunger golf tournament in the spring, and our Dancing With The Nashville Stars banquet in the fall; we would love for you to join us at these events!
Have an idea of your own? "If you can dream it, you can do it!" -Walt Disney
You are always welcome to host a food drive or fundraiser within your workplace, church, school, etc. We believe hunger will cease to be a problem in America when we all refuse to allow our neighbors to go hungry. Any way you can get involved with Feed America First, big or small, shows that you refuse to allow our neighbors to go hungry!

Are you a 501(c)(3)?

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Yes. We chartered in June 2000 as a tax-exempt organization. We are registered with the State of Tennessee Division of Charitable Solicitations and are listed on GuideStar and Giving Matters.  

Do you accept court ordered volunteers?

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Yes, we are happy to accept court-ordered volunteers and get them involved in helping our neighbors in need. Click here to view our volunteer opportunities, or call our Volunteer Coordinator, Julie Vandel, at (931) 993-4715 for more information. 

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