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Partner Organization Application Form

Thank you for your interest in becoming a partner organization of the Redwood Empire Food Bank, providing hunger relief to Northern California.

As a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest non-governmental, domestic hunger relief organization, the Redwood Empire Food Bank and our fellow partner organizations follow the established guidelines set by Feeding America to uphold the highest standards of charitable food distribution. All food assistance programs are subject to ongoing compliance monitoring to ensure safe, secure food storage and handling as well as Civil Rights protections for volunteers and recipients alike.

We operate on a membership basis requiring an annual $50 fee. If you are not currently operating a food assistance program, please consider first volunteering at a local food pantry or with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to determine your best way to help fight hunger in your community.

Partnership Eligibility

  1. An organization must meet the following criteria to be eligible to partner with the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Our strongest Partners exhibit the following:
  2. Have 501(c)(3) exemption status.
  3. Are not a private foundation, even if they have a 501(c)(3) exemption. 
  4. Distribute all Redwood Empire Food Bank donated products free of charge for use by the ill, needy, or minor children.
  5. Have a Board of Directors, or formal advisory group that establishes policies for the operation of the food program, including budgeting. 
  6. Provide food without requiring the recipients to pay, work, or pray in order to receive food or a meal in a distribution setting.
  7. Do not sell, exchange, or use food or products for money, other goods or services.
  8. Do not redistribute or barter food or products with other food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, or other charitable groups or organizations. 
  9. Have a clean food storage site with monitored pest control. 
  10. Have at least one lead person with a current CA Food Handler Certificate.
  11. Are interested in providing nutritious, balanced food bags and/or meals. 
  12. Serve a minimum of 50 individuals or meals, at least once per month.

If you feel that an area in your community has a need that isn’t currently being met, and you may be missing one or more of the qualities listed above, please reach out to Kim Caffrey kcaffrey@refb.org for questions or assistance. To fill out our Partner Application form, please see below.

Application Document Checklist

❏    Copy of your organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) supporting documents

❏    Copy of linkage documents if your organization’s address is not the actual distribution address

❏    Copy of your current Board of Directors

❏    Partner Organization Application and Agreement, Program Application (via electronic form below, or if you prefer, you may download a PDF form here)

❏    Copy of Food Handler Certificate/Card for onsite Food Program Lead

❏    You may ​scan/email​ documents to kcaffrey@refb.org, ​fax​ to (707) 523-7901, or ​mail​ to 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403, Attn: Kim Caffrey

 

Primary Information
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Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
Staff and/or Volunteer Information
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Last Name *
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Partner Organization Agreement
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    By applying to utilize the services of the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the Partner Organization agrees to abide by the following Redwood Empire Food Bank policies:

    1. The Partner Organization agrees that it meets the IRS eligibility requirements for receipt, transfer and use of donated food under section 170(c)(3). The Partner Organization certifies that it is an established, federally tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, or wholly-owned by a 501(c)(3) organization or an established church; and it must be incorporated for the purpose of serving the ill, needy or infants (minor children).
    2. The Partner Organization may not be a private foundation, even if it has a 501(c)(3) exemption.
    3. The Partner Organization agrees that if its 501(c)(3) status is revoked or expires, the Partner Organization will stop distributing Redwood Empire Food Bank products and will notify the Redwood Empire Food Bank immediately.
    4. The Partner Organization is required to inform the Redwood Empire Food Bank, without being requested, of all changes to its programs, on either Agency letterhead or via company branded email from the Program’s Main Contact, regarding ALL of the following:
      • Changes in Agency shopper(s), Main Contact for program, On-sight Program Lead, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Recall contacts, or billing contact.
      • Change in location, days, or hours of site distributions, telephone numbers or emails, mailing address, and/or billing address.
      • New food programs the Partner Organization wishes to implement and food programs the Partner Organization plans to discontinue. Failure to provide changes may result in suspension of privileges.
    5. The Partner Organization certifies that it will not engage in discrimination, in the provision of service, against any person because of race, color, citizenship, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity or expression, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran.
    6. The Partner Organization certifies that it will not collect or exchange fees, donations or services of any kind for products received from the Redwood Empire Food Bank.
    7. The Partner Organization certifies that it agrees to distribute Redwood Empire Food Bank food prior to scheduled activities, and will not require client participation, including religious services, in order to receive food.
    8. The Partner Organization certifies that it will not use Redwood Empire Food Bank products for fundraising of any kind. Donation cans are not permitted within the area of food distributions, whether the food is from the Redwood Empire Food Bank or not.
    9. Partner Organizations may not share, trade, barter, or redistribute Redwood Empire Food Bank products with other Partner Organizations.
    10. The Partner Organization agrees to pay charges based on standard Net 30 days terms. Failure to do so may result in suspension of ordering ability or termination of membership. No personal checks.
    11. The Partner Organization agrees to regular inspections, both scheduled and unscheduled, as well as monitoring every two years by the Redwood Empire Food Bank as required by our affiliation with Feeding America.
    12. The Partner Organization agrees that a key food program staff member will maintain a current CA Food Handler Card or certificate, a copy of which must be provided for Redwood Empire Food Bank files.
    13. The Partner Organization agrees that it will only distribute Redwood Empire Food Bank products to programs or individuals residing in their own county of Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, or Del Norte Counties, unless otherwise stipulated and approved.
    14. All items shall be accepted in “as is” condition.
    15. The Partner Organization must properly store, refrigerate and handle (in accordance with appropriate Federal, State and local health regulations) Redwood Empire Food Bank products to ensure that these products remain in good condition from the point they are accepted from the Redwood Empire Food Bank until distributed by the Organization, including required temperature controlled transport.
    16. The Partner Organization agrees to complete and return Redwood Empire Food Bank surveys and other requested information in the allotted time.
    17. The Partner Organization agrees to use Redwood Empire Food Bank products only in a manner relating to the expressed mission and tax-exempt status of the Organization’s food program. No personal shopping is permitted.
    18. The Partner Organization certifies that it will abide by federal, state and local law, including all applicable statutes and regulations; and will adhere to additional donor stipulations.
    19. Partner Organization must maintain a file of all food bank receipts for 1 year, either digitally or by hard copies.
    20. Partner Organizations may not collect Social Security numbers, copy IDs or gather any other sensitive information.

    The Partner Organization recognizes that all Redwood Empire Food Bank donations are accepted under the legislative guidelines as outlined in the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act of 1996 which states that: “A non-profit organization shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that the non-profit organization received as a donation in good faith from a person or gleaner for ultimate distribution to needy individuals.”

    By signing this agreement, the Partner Organization agrees to waive any and all rights it may have in relationship to liability on the part of the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Feeding America and the original donor, for the quality and edible nature of the food it has received from the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Also, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Feeding America and the original donor will be held harmless from any claims or obligations in regard to the Partner Organization or the donated goods; and the aforementioned will offer no express warranties in relation to the gift of goods.

    I, the undersigned, have read, reviewed, understand and agree to the Redwood Empire Food Bank policies as described above. I understand a violation or a loss of confidence on the part of the Redwood Empire Food Bank that the policies or conditions of this agreement are being adhered to may result in the loss of Redwood Empire Food Bank privileges. I understand that this agreement is voluntary and either party may terminate the agreement by notifying the other party.

I have read and agree to abide by the policies of this agreement.
Program Application
Country
Address Line 1 *
City *
State/Province *
Postal Code *
What is the main focus of this program?
If more than 1, please enter priority below
Check all applicable sub focuses of this program
If other, please describe below
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Service Information 

Distribution Programs

Do you deliver food?

Kitchen/Meal Programs (Meals prepared/cooked, distinguished from snacks) 

Which meals do you serve?

Referral Information – Pantries and Meal Programs only
Is this site open to anyone?
May the Redwood Empire Food Bank refer people to your program?
Do you require people to call ahead of time?
Do you require any documentation to receive food?
If yes, check documents you require
(describe)

Health Certificate/License for Kitchens, Meal Programs, Centers, etc.
Are you required to have a Health Certificate or License?

Statistics – ​per Month 
What percent of people served fall into the following categories?

(Each section should equal 100%. A guestimation is accepted.) 

Ages
Ages 0–5
Ages 6–18
Ages 19–59
Ages 60+
Gender
Male
Female
They

Client Qualification

What client qualifications are required to participate?

Income Based
Age
Disability
Other
None

List all Authorized Shoppers – Maximum of 8 per program 

It is ​very​ important that you keep Shoppers current as your Organization is  responsible for invoices shopped by people currently authorized to do so.

First Name *
Last Name *
First Name
Last Name
First Name
Last Name
First Name
Last Name
First Name
Last Name
First Name
Last Name
First Name
Last Name
First Name
Last Name

Sources of Food by % 

Please guesstimate percentages you obtain from each resource listed below. If Costco, Raley’s, Save Mart, Smart & Final, Sprouts, Target, or Walmart—please state which exact location for each store, ie: 10% Target/Coddingtown. Please aim for a 100% total. 


I confirm that all information listed above is true to the best of my knowledge.
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