Special Report

The 40 Best Food Banks in America

Josie Green

Source: Courtesy of Food Bank for the Heartland

40. Food Bank for the Heartland
> Headquarters: Omaha, NE
> Contributions, gifts & grants, 12 months through June, 2017: $19,993,652

The Food Bank for the Heartland serves 93 counties in Nebraska and Iowa is utilizing donated food from grocery stores and manufacturers and buys additional food with raised funds, focusing on items with high nutritional value. Partnering with 600 other nonprofits, the organization distributed 22 million meals in fiscal 2018.

Source: Courtesy of Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

39. Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
> Headquarters: Tulsa, OK
> Contributions, gifts & grants, 12 months through June, 2017: $39,872,352

Through a network of 720 programs and partner agencies, the Community Foodbank of Eastern Oklahoma serves over 450,000 meals per week in 24 counties. In addition to the common venues of distribution, this food bank also runs a food truck and multiple veterans outreach programs, including hot lunch and mobile pantry deliveries.

Source: Courtesy of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

38. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina
> Headquarters: Winston-Salem, NC
> Contributions, gifts & grants, 12 months through June, 2017: $53,649,706

Working with over 390 partner agencies, Second Harvest of Northwest North Carolina serves 18 counties in the region and moves 37 tons of food every day through a central warehouse. In a unique initiative aimed at building lasting solutions to poverty by providing job training, the organization runs the Providence Culinary Training Kitchen, where trainees can gain culinary skills and build their resume while making food to service community meals programs.

Source: Courtesy of North Country Food Bank, Inc.

37. North Country Food Bank, Inc.
> Headquarters: Crookston, MN
> Contributions, gifts & grants, 12 months through September, 2017: $9,750,518

Serving 21 counties in Minnesota and North Dakota, the North Country food bank partners with over 230 agencies and food relief programs. Utilizing surplus food from farms, manufacturers, and grocery stores, the organization distributed over 7.4 million pounds of food in 2018, and used over 1,000 volunteers who contributed 12,830 hours of service.

Source: Courtesy of Fulfill

36. Fulfill
> Headquarters: Neptune, NJ
> Contributions, gifts & grants, 12 months through June, 2017: $16,734,066

Fulfill is a food bank that serves Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey. In addition to providing over 12 million pounds of food annually to 300 of the region’s food relief services — including soup kitchens, pantries, and children’s meal programs — Fulfill also offers a culinary training program and free assistance with SNAP, tax preparation, and health care applications.