The Tri-Force: Second Harvest’s Super Team

Tri-Force Team

At Second Harvest we strive to provide nutritious food to our pantries and partners in order to reach those we serve as quickly and efficiently as possible. Coordinating the logistics of receiving and distributing this food, especially perishable food, is a major undertaking. Thankfully, Second Harvest has a super team that comes together every day to ensure that we rise to that challenge. We call them the “Tri-Force” because this team is comprised of team members from three departments: Food Sourcing, Operations and Programs & Services.


Tri-Force meets each weekday for 30 minutes to share information about the Food Bank’s

inventory and coordinate the logistics of the Distribution Center. During these meetings,

the team reviews inventory and order sheets, prioritizes foods that need to be distributed

right away, such as highly perishable foods like produce, dairy and eggs, and reviews feedback

from our pantries and partners to help inform future purchases. Tri-Force also informs the

volunteer activities that will take place in the Distribution Center by identifying what food needs to be processed by volunteers that week. Processing can include activities such as volunteers sorting food, categorizing items, bagging produce and more.


Under the watchful eye of the Tri-Force, the entire process of food distribution—from sourcing and sorting to distributing to our partners and ultimately the community—is seamless, preserving food and making the most of volunteers’ time. The need in Orange County is great, but it doesn’t stand a chance against the Tri-Force.