Become a Partner

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Food Distribution Partner

The Food Bank partners with incorporated, private non-profit agencies that serve at least 70% low-income people. View a list of our current partners (pdf).

If you are interested in becoming a partnering agency of the Food Bank, you will need to take the following steps: (You can also download the Application Overview document.)

A. Contact Second Harvest Food Bank to discuss your program and determine if a partnership with the Food Bank is right for your organization.

B. Complete and return the Agency Application (pdf) and Agency Agreement (pdf).

C. The Services Advisory Committee will review the application at the next scheduled meeting (about every other month). A representative from your agency will be asked to attend the review meeting, and your agency will be notified of the committee's decision.

D. On-site monitoring of the program will be scheduled for a sanitation and service delivery assessment.


Food Connection Partner

  • Food Connection Application Assistance Partners: The Food Connection Application Assistance Partnership (FCAAP)program will help us create the hunger-free community we all want to see. FCAAP agencies are trained and supported by Second Harvest Food Bank to screen and assist clients with CalFresh and Food Bank program applications.
  • Host Partners: Allow a Food Connection Specialist to visit your agency and assist clients with the application process. Optional: set appointments for your clients
  • Referral Partners: Ask Food Security questions and submit referral forms to Food Connection for follow up with your clients.


Your agency and staff will benefit...

  • Increase access to food services for your clients. No single food program usually provides enough food – by enrolling your clients into more than one program, including CalFresh, your agency will help create a hunger-free community
  • Receive training and increased skills for your staff on how to pre-screen for program eligibility and application assistance.
  • Receive informative, multilingual outreach materials
  • Establish and promote Second Harvest food assistance programs, through conversations, posters, flyers, announcements, newsletters, mailings, and website
  • Benefit from individualized support from the Food Bank for training, troubleshooting
  • Network with peer organizations helping to end hunger


If you are interested in becoming an FCAAP partner agency of the Food Bank, you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Contact Second Harvest Food Bank to discuss your program and determine if FCAAP is right for your organization.

    For both Santa Clara & San Mateo counties:
    Food Connection Coordinator, Agency Partnerships
    (408) 266-8866 ext. 419
  2. Review the FCAAP Agency MOU (pdf).

  3. The Food Connection Coordinator will schedule an initial meeting with your organization to discuss the fit and capabilities of your organization to participate in FCAAP. Once an agreement is signed, your agency will be signed up for the next FCAAP partner training.