About 80,000 pounds of food per day pass through our warehouse on its way to our partner agencies and our mobile pantry program. Food arrives at the food bank in caseloads or pallets on tractor-trailers, large refrigerated trucks, and in private vehicles carrying the fruits of local food drives.
The food is inspected, sorted, labeled, and stored at our warehouse for repacking and distribution in sizes suitable for community food programs.
A comprehensive shopping or product list is maintained and made available daily via the food bank’s internal website, and each partner agency then creates its own food order by computer. The food bank’s staff and volunteers create and pack each individual order, usually weighing anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 pounds.
Representatives of some local partner agencies pick up their orders, while the food bank delivers orders to others. Every day, the food bank’s 19 trucks are acquiring food throughout Southwest Florida and/or delivering orders to our partner agencies. Our trucks travel more than 250,000 miles per year in our five-county region, which is more than ten trips around the earth (distance around the earth: 24,901 miles!)