Agency Membership Requirements

Click on each of the links below and read through the requirements for becoming a Partner Agency with Facing Hunger.

Agency Application This document must be signed and returned with your application fee.
Explanation of the 501(c)3 This explains the 501(c)3 requirement and the 14 point letter the IRS uses to define a church.

Thank you for expressing an interest in membership with Facing Hunger Food Bank. Our strategy to relieve hunger in the Tri-State Area is to ensure that households have sufficient access to a feeding program.

Before you begin to complete the Application, please refer to the following section of "Requirements and Steps” necessary to take prior to submission of an application. If your organization qualifies and decides to seek membership, your application must include one of the following qualifying documents:

• Church Qualifier (supplied by FHFB)
• IRS 501(c)3 Letter (supplied by partner)

The Application and the Agency Agreement will be clear where additional documentation or paperwork is needed.
In order to become a partner agency of Facing Hunger Foodbank your organization must:

• Operate within our service area
• Be located in an area deemed by Facing Hunger Foodbank to be in need of additional emergency food providers
• Have been in operation for at least 3 months with records to support your statement of operation
• Be able to describe how your agency contributes to meeting the food relief needs of your community
• Be an organization whose purpose it is, or operate a program designed, to provide emergency food to those in need, or provide meals to a targeted population who would be at-risk otherwise
• Must be a federally tax exempt 501(c)3 organization that is not a private foundation and has filed a 990 with the IRS, or be approved for Church status
• Have two representatives certified with Food Safety/ServSafe training
• Provide services without regard to race, sex, creed or religious affiliation and not require any person to attend a religious service or pledge money or membership in exchange for food received
• Provide any and all donated food to clients free of charge. Food cannot be transferred for money, property or services; you cannot charge any storage or handling fees
• Assume responsibility for distribution of all food received. Food can be used only for approved programs, cannot be stored in private homes, or obtained for personal consumption
• Meet local and state health requirements
• Pay a one-time application processing fee

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member agency of Facing Hunger Food Bank. If you feel your feeding program meets all of the above requirements, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 304-523-6029 ext. 27 for more information.

*Please note that we do not accept applications between November 1 and December 31 of each year. Any applications we receive during this time will be held for processing until January.

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