Become A Food Bank Partner Agency

Thank you for your interest in standing beside us in the fight against hunger. We are able to do what we do and help our nearly 200,000 neighbors who struggle with hunger because of our Partner Agency Network.

If you are interested in or are just starting a food pantry, please begin by reading the "Organizing a Food Pantry Guide" HERE. Your food pantry should be operational for 2-3 months before submitting a Partner Agency Application.

Before you complete the application, please refer to the following section of "Requirements and Steps” necessary to meet/take prior to submission of an application. If your organization qualifies and decides to seek membership, your application must include one of the following qualifying documents:

  • Church Qualifier (supplied by CVFB)   SEE FORM HERE
  • IRS 501(c)3 Letter (supplied by partner)

The Application and the Agency Agreement will be clear where additional documentation or paperwork is needed.

Please work closely with us throughout this process. You can expect the application process to take 2-3 months, to account for additional information needed, mandatory trainings, and at least one site visit by FeedMore staff. All prospective new partner agencies are required to attend a New Members' Agency Orientation as one of the steps in the membership process, during which you will have many of your questions answered and be able to tour our Agency Shopping Floor. Orientations are held the last week of every-other month, alternating Tuesday afternoons and Monday mid-day. All new agencies are also required to have two representatives certified with Food Safety/ServSafe training, which you may do through FeedMore’s Safe Food Handling for Food Pantries class (free for partner agencies), seek out on your own, or complete online. Finally, new agencies are required to attend a Link2Feed (our online client data management system) training. Please work with the Regional Manager for your area to sign up for trainings.

Again, thanks for your interest in becoming a part of FeedMore's Partner Agencies. If you have questions or need further information, the Agency Relations team is here to assist - please don't hesitate to call us at 804-521-2500.

Erin Lingo, Agency Relations Manager

Regional Managers                                            

Sarah Dovel (NW Region)
Erin Lingo (NE Region)
Anthony Johnson (SW Region)
Kristina Morton (SE Region)

How To Become a Partner Agency - Requirements and Steps for New Agencies

An organization is expected to meet the following prerequisites in order to apply for affiliation with FeedMore's Partner Agency Network:

1) Have a current 501(c)3 registration status with the IRS or be a Church as defined by the IRS.

2) Be an organization whose purpose it is, or operate a program designed, to provide emergency food to those in need, or provide meals to a targeted population who would be at-risk otherwise.*

3) Located in an area deemed by FeedMore to be in need of additional emergency food providers.**

4) The food service program should be currently operating for a 2-3 month period in order to show budgetary and distribution sustainability. Records of expeditures, families served, and amount of foods distributed should be maintained. Distribution sustainability is expected at a level of providing at least three days of meals per person served (approximately 11 pounds per individual).

5) Be committed to use dry (shelf-stable), frozen and perishable foods regularly within its programs, and have on-site refrigeration and freezer storage capacity to accomodate a minimum of 25% of the program's distribution.

6) Have on-site computer and internet access for ease of communication and reporting, and agree to use FeedMore’s online client data management system, Link2Feed.

7) Agrees to be listed on FeedMore's online search tool and willing to indicate affiliation with FeedMore on agency signage.

*Child care or Senior Centers whose purpose it is to serve low-income families and targeted Rehabilitation Programs/Agencies are among those which could qualify. Group Homes and/or Schools that serve meals to residents/students as part of their primary program may not qualify.

** Please see Food Pantry “best practices”

***Will be based on such factors as the area's Food Insecurity, and the strength and location of other Food Bank agencies and partners.

Once an organization meets the above criteria, Application Steps are as follows:

1) Complete the written Membership Application, with ALL supporting documents as indicated.

2) Appropriate program representatives attend Agency Orientation.

3) At least two appropriate individuals trained in Food Safety – for Pantries, basic Food Handling; for Meal Sites, ServSafe (8-hr. class) certification required.

4) Appropriate program representative/agency coordinator attend Link2Feed training.

5) Work with appropriate Food Bank staff in scheduling and conducting a Site Visit in completion of the Site Inspection Checklist & Readiness.

6) Understand and agree to all criteria of the Membership Agreement and have appropriate Agency representative to sign.

7) Submit annual Membership Fee.

NOTE: a new agency will not be accepted until all of the above are met/completed.


  • 1. Peanut Butter
  • 2. Canned Tuna & Chicken
  • 3. Low Sodium Veggies
  • 4. Fruits Packed in Juice
  • 5. Spaghetti Sauce (No Glass)
  • 6. Canned or Dry Beans
  • 7. Hot & Cold Cereal
  • 8. Whole Grain Snacks


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