That’s fantastic, but what is Grocery Alliance?
Second Harvest Food Bank’s Grocery Alliance Program operates 8 refrigerated vehicles that pick up unsalable but perfectly consumable products from over 170 Central Florida grocery and retail stores 5 days a week.
We receive items from every food group and even some helpful nonfood items too. Our dedicated drivers leave each morning by 7 am and return to our warehouses in the afternoon with thousands of pounds of nutritious produce, meat, dairy, deli, bakery and dry goods on their trucks. Once sorted, everything collected is available to our over 600 member agencies at our 3 locations: Orlando, Daytona and Melbourne. This program allows us to access incredible fresh food that is otherwise difficult to come by.
Not only was this OUR first year operating this kind of a program, but it was also a brand new program for the majority of our donors. That said, we were extremely excited about getting started, though not exactly sure what to expect.
Once routes were learned, schedules were set and the stores adapted to their new processes things really took off! Since the program’s kickoff last year, we have added 2 additional vehicles just to keep up with the volume of donations coming in. We are genuinely moved by the enthusiasm of our donors, and the amount of effort that goes into preparing these donations each day does not go unnoticed.
Thank you to all of our donors for an extremely successful first year! We can’t wait to see what next year brings.
Special thanks to Chase Bank and Walmart and for donating 3 beautiful new refrigerated trucks for the program’s use.
Grocery Alliance Program Manager