Hunger Relief FAQs
How do I qualify for food from Second Helpings?
As a Partner Agency of Second Helpings, an organization must:
- Have tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code & be incorporated for the purpose of serving the ill, needy, seniors, low-income families, or minor children.
- Have a kitchen inspected and licensed from your county health department or from Family and Social Services Administration.
- Have at least one staff member or volunteer working each time meals are served, who is trained in food safety.
- Must be serving multiple, free meals a month, and a minimum number of people at each meal.
Find more information on our Become a Partner Agency page.
What do I do if I don’t have a licensed kitchen?
Contact the Marion County Health Department or your local county health department to obtain their criteria and an application.
How do I receive training in food safety?
Sanitation or food safety training can be obtained in one of two ways:
- ServSafe certification is taught at Second Helpings or other locations in the city. Visit www.servsafe.com for more information.
- Marion County Health Department offers monthly classes, visit marionhealth.org for more information. Contact your local health department or contact Family and Social Services Administration for a schedule of food safety classes.
How do I become a partner and start receiving meals?
Please read our Become a Partner Agency page in full, and then click the Partner Agency Form button at the bottom of the page.