Retail Store Level Pickup
The Retail Store Level Pickup Program gives the food bank and its agencies access to fresh foods such as produce, dairy, meat and bread. The program, created on the national level by Feeding America, partners retail grocery chains with local food banks. When stores have product that is nearing its expiration date, they pull it from the shelves and instead of disposing of it, they donate it to their local food bank. In 2012, a total of 153 stores donated almost 6 million pounds of food to the food bank through this program.
In 2013, the food bank started recruiting agencies to pick-up food directly from retail stores. This enables to food bank to use resources like trucks, employees and monetary donations other places as well as gets the food into the hands of the hungry faster.