Criteria for Partner Agency Membership

  • Your program is an established twice monthly feeding program or twice monthly food distributor for people in need.
  • Your program is a tax-exempt organization as described in the 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service of the U.S. Treasury Department. A copy of the 501(c)(3) must be provided.
  • Your program does not operate out of a personal residence.
  • Your community food program serves the poor, ill and needy or homeless free of any charges.
  • Your food program does not and will not sell or barter items.
  • Your food program provides food free to all clients. Clients are not asked for donations or requested to participate in religious services to receive food.
  • Your food program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious beliefs, age, disabilities, sex or sexual preference.
  • Your program has guidelines for distribution of the food and a record keeping system.
  • Your food program maintains high standards of sanitation and food safety with regards to food storage, distribution and meal preparation.
  • Your food program has one or more individuals certified in food safety certification. i.e. ServSafe or equivalent.
  • Your program is willing to have its sites visited as needed by a representative of the River Bend Foodbank.
  • Your program agrees to provide the Foodbank with necessary information regarding any change in program/administrative location, primary staffing, structure etc. in a timely manner.
  • Your program practices active means of encouraging participation and utilization of your feeding program to all segments of the community.

Becoming a Foodbank member food provider enables you to more effectively and efficiently support low-income people in your community – and makes it possible for your program to increase resources needed to feed hungry people in your area. River Bend Foodbank not only provides your agency with a variety of nutritious shelf-stable and fresh foods, we can also offer you technical assistance in food distribution and food safety education.

If you wish to become a partner agency, please plan on attending one of our monthly partner agency information meetings.

Please email Chelsea Noble at cnoble@riverbendfoodbank.org or call 563-345-6490 ext 217 for more information.

Shared Maintenance Fees

River Bend Foodbank does charge a small fee for some of the food it distributes. We do this for two reasons: it makes sure that those who take the food have skin in the game, and it puts discretion in the ordering process. Partner agencies contribute a shared maintenance fee for the donated product they receive. “Shared Maintenance” is a handling fee determined by pounds of food received. The range is $0.00- 0.18 per pound for food. Over half the food distributed by River Bend Foodbank is free, the average fee is less than 4 cents per pound, and 100% of the funds contributed goes back into securing more food for our partner agencies.