Become An Agency

 

The Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank collaborates with a network of more than 70 organizations and churches to distribute food to hungry people. If you are interested in a partnership with the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank, please read on for eligibility criteria or contact Mishelle Krogstad, Agency & Programs Director at mkrogstad@fredfood.org or (540) 371-7666 x 134.

 

The following criteria must be met to become a partner agency:

  • The organization must be a 501(c)(3) organization or a church

  • The organization must have an established feeding program that provides meals or prepacked boxes to low income individuals in their community at no cost to the individuals or households. This demonstrates an ability to manage a food distribution operation. The established program must have been in operation and keeping records for 90 days preceding the application process.

 

The three most common types of food distribution programs are food pantries, on-site feeding, and direct delivery. Criteria for each area as follows:

 

Food Pantries

 

Food pantries distribute food to people in the community to prepare or eat in their own residences. Food may be prepackaged in boxes/bags or distributed by allowing clients to "shop" for their own food.

  • Food pantries must have a secured storage area with shelving, tables, or pallets to store food items at least 6" off the floor.

  • Refrigerators and freezers should be clean and defrosted regularly (if needed), and they should have thermometers in them.

  • No storage should be at personal residences. Storage locations will need to be approved by the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

  • Storage areas must be rodent and insect free. Cracks and holes should be repaired regularly and spraying or extermination provided if needed.

 

Factors taken into consideration when selecting partner organizations include the existing food pantries in the area, the proximity of the food pantries to each other, the proposed days and hours of distribution, and whether the organization will also be providing a service that is not being provided in that area, such as home delivery of prepacked boxes.

 

If the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank determines there are sufficient existing food pantries in your area, we may suggest that you partner with an existing food pantry, rather than opening another pantry. Suggestions for partnership may include providing volunteers, organizing food drives, entering data or helping the existing agency order online, or providing monetary donations.

 

On-Site Feeding and Direct Delivery Pantries

 

An on-site feeding program is any program that prepares and serves meals at its site. Food is typically prepared and served as a congregate meal program. A direct delivery program is any program that prepares meals and delivers them to home-bound individuals.

  • On-site feeding and direct delivery programs must have a secured storage area with shelving, tables, or pallets to store food items at least 6" off the floor.

  • Refrigerators and freezers should be clean and defrosted regularly (if needed), and they should have thermometers in the,.

  • No storage should be at personal residences. Storage locations will need to be approved by the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.

  • Storage areas must be rodent and insect free. Cracks and holes should be repaired regularly and spraying or extermination provided if needed.

  • All preparation and storage areas must pass inspection by the health departments.

 

If your organization or church meets these criteria and would like to apply to become a partner of the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank network, please contact Mishelle Krogstad at mkrogstad@fredfood.org or (540) 371-7666 x 134 to request an application form.