Our mission is to enable other community organizations to end hunger. We strive to maximize community resources by effectively obtaining and distributing food through a food collection and distribution system.
The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank Inc., is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization. It was founded in 1984 to solicit, collect and store donations of surplus food and grocery products from all segments of the food industry, as well as solicit and collect monetary donations for the purchase of food products, and then serve as clearinghouse for these foodstuffs for agencies, such as food pantries and day care centers that feed the hungry throughout the region, providing them access to wholesome food. Our qualified agencies distribute the collected foodstuffs to the hungry in Northwest Ohio. In Northwest Ohio, the Food Bank is exclusively affiliated with Feeding America, formerly known as America’s Second Harvest.
The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank’s affiliation with Feeding America began in 1985. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a national network of more than 61,000 agencies, serving all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Feeding America distributes 3 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products annually to 37 million Americans.
Over the past 29 years, the Food Bank has distributed over 82 million pounds of food and grocery products to our member agencies. Currently, the Food Bank serves over 300 non-profit agencies in an eight county area that includes; Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood.
By design, the Food Bank is capable of housing hundreds of thousands of pounds of food and grocery products at any given time, offering our member agencies a greater variety of products to distribute. Member agencies include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, rehabilitation centers, special programs for the elderly, group homes, holiday food basket programs and non-profit day care centers.
Feeding the thousands of Northwestern Ohioans who are hungry is possible. With food that might otherwise spoil, the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank is bridging the gap between hunger and waste.