Food distribution is the major operation of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Through this program, 3 million pounds of food are distributed annually through a network of member agency programs that include food pantries, shelters, meals programs as well as day and residential programs. Food distribution helps us eliminate hunger and maintain good health for our neighbors in numerous communities in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

The MVFB receives food to distribute through donations along with federal and state emergency food assistance programs. The Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) provides food to qualified food banks, and the Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP/USDA) allows federal bulk purchasing of food to qualified food banks.

When the MVFB receives food from these two programs, the food is stored and then distributed to our member agencies serving low-income individuals and families. Some of these agencies include Lazarus House, Alternative House, Girls Inc., Lowell Transitional Living Center, the Salvation Army and many more.

The Merrimack Valley Food bank is a 20,000 square foot warehouse located at 735 Broadway St. here in Lowell. It has three floors of dry storage space, two walk-in freezers, as well as a walk-in refrigerator approximately 1500 square feet with a vertical racking storage system. With this amount of space, and the amount of food constantly coming in and going out on a daily basis, the MVFB is certainly blessed to have Tony Luna as warehouse manager.