Food Bank General Operations
The Brazos Valley Food Bank is a 501c3 nonprofit food bank.
Food banks are centralized and often regional food collection and distribution warehouses that have a goal of collecting and safely storing surplus food, organizing and sorting it with the help of volunteers, then distributing it to areas of high need through partner agencies and special programs to ensure that hungry neighbors are feed. In 2015-2016, the Brazos Valley Food Bank distributed 6,845,654 pounds, or the equivalent of 5,611,191 meals.
The Brazos Valley Food Bank relies on the generosity of the community at large for the majority of the food it distributes. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) also supplies a significant portion of food.
All food is weighed and recorded in a computerized inventory system, inspected and processed by trained volunteers, ordered online by partner agencies (or assembled for special programs), then delivered or picked up for distributed to those who need it.
Generally, when the public thinks of a Food Bank it thinks of shelf-stable, canned goods. And, the Brazos Valley Food Bank does distribute these important items. But, fresh produce and frozen items are becoming more prevalent. The Brazos Valley Food Bank has a goal of 50% of the food that it distributes being fresh produce by 2018.
The Brazos Valley Food Bank is a Partner Distribution Organization (PDO) of the Houston Food Bank. This means that the Brazos Valley Food Bank contractually provides hunger-relief services to the Brazos Valley for the Houston Food Bank. If the Brazos Valley Food Bank did not exist, the Houston Food Bank would be responsible for serving the Brazos Valley. The Brazos Valley Food Bank receives 6% of the Houston Food Bank’s United States Department of Agricultures (USDA) Commodities).
The Brazos Valley Food Bank is also a member of Feeding Texas, Texas’ Food Bank Network and a distribution organization of Feeding America the nation’s Food Bank Network. The Brazos Valley Food Bank upholds strict food and personnel safety, pest maintenance, being audited annually by the Houston Food Bank. The Brazos Valley Food Bank is also inspected by Texas Department of State Health Services.