Are you a food pantry?
No; we supply food to food pantries! Think of us as the middle man; we receive large-scale food donations from manufacturers, distributors, retailers, etc. and then divide and distribute those donations to our network of about 200 partner agencies, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc. across Tennessee and surrounding states. Each and every month, we save and redistribute anywhere from 1 to 4+ million pounds of food!
Who do you serve?
We provide food to over 200 partner agencies within a 250-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 over 35,000 families every month.
Where do you get your food?
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 save it up and then distribute it to our partner agencies.
Where do you get your funding?
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?
We distribute anywhere from one to four million pounds of food every month! We have saved and redistributed over 170 million lbs. of food since we chartered in June 2000.
How can I become a partner agency?
We love welcoming new partners to our hunger relief efforts! If you are a food pantry and would like to receive food from Feed America First, please contact our Agency Relations Manager, Michelle Olsen, at (801-589-9301) or [email protected]
Do you charge a handling fee?
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?
Our operations are based out of our warehouse in Murfreesboro, TN, located at 319 Murfreesboro St., Murfreesboro, TN 37127.
Our mailing address is 1715 S. Rutherford Blvd. Suite K #257, Murfreesboro, TN 37130.
How can I help?
There are many ways to get involved at Feed America First! You can sign up for e-mail updates, volunteer, or donate. We also hold fundraising events, such as our Drive Out Hunger golf tournament, Forrest H. King Jr. Memorial Shoot, and our Dancing With The Nashville Stars banquet.
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)?
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?
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 contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle Olsen, at [email protected] or (801) 589-9301 for more information.
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