Who We Are
Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) is the region’s leading anti-hunger organization. At WCFB, we believe that food is a basic human right. Together with a network of 118 local Partner Agencies – food pantries and community meal programs across Worcester County – we provide nourishing food to neighbors who need it while also working to address the root causes of hunger through our advocacy efforts.
What We Do
Food Collection and Distribution
We provide over 6.5 million pounds of donated food each year to over 81,000 people – 1/3 of them children. Food is sorted and inspected at our facility in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and distributed through our network of Partner Agencies (local food pantries and community meal programs) to help feed people struggling with hunger in all 60 cities and towns in Worcester County.
Food safety is very important to us. In addition to certifying staff and volunteers according to the ServSafe Food Handler Guide for Food Banking, we provide training for Partner Agency representatives. ServSafe training and certifications are recognized by more federal, state, and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification.
We educate others around the root causes of hunger and opportunities to make a difference. We advocate for policies and programs that help increase access to more and healthier food, such as Breakfast After the Bell and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Such systemic and sustainable solutions support children, families, and seniors toward living healthier lives.
Thousands of people count on WCFB and its network of Partner Agencies for their next meal – and thousands more (staff, board, volunteers, food and fund donors, and anti-hunger advocates) make it possible for that nourishing food to reach neighbors when they need it.
Relationship with Feeding America and Guidelines
Feeding America is the leading domestic hunger-relief charity in the country, and WCFB is among its member food banks. Feeding America provides training and technical assistance and avenues for cause marketing and corporate partnership for WCFB. In addition, under the Feeding America umbrella, we enjoy collaboration with anti-hunger advocates across the country, including those right here in Massachusetts: The Greater Boston Food Bank and Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. To learn more, visit Feeding America online.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Worcester County Food Bank is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, marital or familial status. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.