At the heart of what we do is distributing quality food to those in need, but we also engage our community in education and service through our outreach programs including:
Annual Empty Bowl Lunch
GMFB's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch is our signature fundraising event where community members can enjoy a great lunch while supporting a tremendous cause. The event includes several meal options donated by our corporate sponsors, a silent auction, and a presentation on the impact that GMFB is making in our community. Along with a tasty lunch, guests will take home a hand-painted bowl as a thank you, and as a reminder of GMFB's mission to eliminate empty bowls and empty stomachs in our communities. The money raised at Empty Bowl supports the food bank's programs throughout the yar. Drop by and join us for a power lunch at this this year's Empty Bowl on Sept. 18, 2014. To find out more about Empty Bowl click here.
The Mobile Food Pantry
A program designed to take food directly to those in need. Our five county service area spans ofver 1,400-square miles and even though we have more than 47 hunger relief partner agencies, there remains a great need for emergency food assistance to people in outlying areas. Transportation to a food pantry is a huge obstacle for clients in rural areas. The mobile pantry brings the food boxes that incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables, right into neighborhoods and communities of great need.
Munch Bunch Program
Munch Bunch provides after-school snacks to at-risk children in organized programs. Often these programs focus on health and nutrition during snack time through fun activities and lessons.
Summer Lunch Bag Program
A partnership designed to provide breakfast and lunch meals for at-risk children during the eight-week summer break. Through the efforts of hundreds of community volunteers, this program has grown every year since its inception in 2009. It has helped feed thousands of kids who would likely go without lunch during the summer break and has filled a vital hunger gap for some of the most vulnerable in our community.
Senior Food Boxes Program
A program that provides food boxes especially tailored to senior citizens' nutritional dietary needs, including fresh food and produce, through partner agencies like Meals on Wheels and area Senior Centers. These boxes make a significant difference in the lives of seniors who are often forced to choose between food and medicine.
Food Rescue Program
GMFB hosts community food drives to supplement our food supply, but one of our main food resources is through partnerships with retail grocery stores, food manufacturers and food distributors. We receive surplus and "unsalable" food in large bulk quantities, which we store in our 20,000-square foot warehouse equipped with cold food storage space, and are then able to redistribute the food to our partner agencies and into the hands of families in need. In addition, because of our affiliation with the ACFB, we are able to share food resources between other Food Banks and increase the variety and amount of food available to our partner agencies.
GMFB Federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps prepare and e-file tax returns for qualifying people each year for free. GMFB is one of two community sites for the program (the other site being the Community Service Center in Gainesville) making access to assistance filing income taxes more convenient to those in our community. To learn more or see if you qualify click here. For a Spanish version click here.