Food, Clothing & Shelter

America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend

America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that distributes millions of pounds of food every year to hungry families in the 11-county region of the Big Bend. Food is distributed through partner agencies, so to find one nearest to you, visit www.fightinghunger.com/How-to-Get-Help.

Big Bend Homeless Coalition

The Big Bend Homeless Coalition administers the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS): A community-wide database that houses demographic information on homeless individuals served, as well as on usage of services for homeless persons in our community. The goal of this system is to help get a better picture of who we are serving and what homelessness looks like on any given day in our community.

Brehon Institute for Family Services

Brehon Institute for Family Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation that is dedicated to improving the lives of children through the Florida Panhandle. Presently, four counties are being served: Leon, Gadsden, Madison and Taylor.

Farm Share

Farm Share, using inmate labor and volunteers, re-sorts and packages an abundance of surplus food and distributes it to individuals, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, churches, and other organizations feeding the hungry in Florida — free of charge.

Florida Impact

A website with links to helpful resources and programs for food assistance, as well as useful explanations.

Good News Outreach

A faith-based organization that strives to reduce hunger, homelessness, and isolation by providing food, shelter, and social interaction through collaborative efforts within parts of the North Florida area.

Lutheran Social Services of North Florida

Lutheran Social Services of North Florida is dedicated to addressing unmet social service needs and currently offers computer refurbishment services and transitional housing, among other things.

Our Father’s Storehouse

Providing for the physical and spiritual needs of the community, Our Father’s Storehouse is a food and clothing bank run by the First Baptist Church. Those in need can come by on Wednesdays, from 2-5 p.m., for ministry.

Summer BreakSpot

Summer BreakSpot provides free nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under during summer break. Over 3,500 supervised locations in Florida offer a breakfast, lunch or snack. Feeding locations typically open as school lets out for the summer. Be sure to check for locations near you via the website, or by calling 2-1-1.

The Kearney Center

The Kearney Center is a 24-hour comprehensive emergency service center that serves as a point of entry into assistance by coordinating services and responding to immediate needs of individuals and families until appropriate permanent housing can be arranged. Their mission is to reduce homelessness by providing a safe environment that promotes dignity and respect for individuals in our community who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless.