Our Story

Mission | The Palm Beach County Food Bank rescues, collects, sorts and distributes food at no cost to local hunger relief agencies.

The Palm Beach County Food Bank is the only locally-led and governed food bank in Palm Beach County that distributes food to these agencies at no cost. We are committed to aiding those agencies that take on the daily responsibility of serving the hungry and poor, and we are dedicated to improving the food collection and distribution process while fighting food insecurity in our community.

By working in partnership with more than 100 hunger relief agencies, the Palm Beach County Food Bank reaches nearly 100,000 hungry residents right here in Palm Beach County. Through the generosity of food donated by local farmers, distributors, retailers, and restaurants we were able to distribute nearly 5 million pounds of food in the 2013-14 fiscal year.  All of the food distributed through the Palm Beach County Food Bank is provided at no cost to partner agencies. This partnership enables the agencies to focus their limited resources on serving the community. In turn, we are able to focus on increasing the amount and nutritional value of food collected and distributed to better meet the needs of hungry families.

Our service area covers all of Palm Beach County, the largest county in Florida in geographic size. We are making a difference in the Western communities of Belle Glade and Pahokee, reaching as far South as Boca Raton, and spanning as far North as Tequesta. Every donation made to the Palm Beach County Food Bank stays right here in Palm Beach County.

History| In 2009, frustrated by the lack of a coordinated response to hunger issues and aware that local needs were growing beyond the availability of local services, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties began the “Alleviate Hunger Initiative.”  The Foundation and six other funders began meeting to address these issues.  In February 2012, with the support of a core group of funders, the Palm Beach County Food Bank incorporated and absorbed a locally-led Community Food Truck Operation.  The Palm Beach County Food Bank moved into its first refrigerated warehouse in September, 2012 and the organization as we know it today was born.