CATHOLIC SOCIAL & COMMUNITY SERVICES, INC.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES-DIOCESE OF BILOXI
TWELVE BASKETS FOOD BANK
1520 29 AVENUE, GULFPORT, MS 39501
PHONE (228) 822-0386
FAX (228) 868-2823
Criteria to become an agency of Twelve Baskets Food Bank:
1. Location of pantry must be within the 8 counties that we serve which are Harrison,
Hancock, Jackson, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, George and Greene.
2. Must be a church with a 501(c)(3) or belong under an umbrella of a church that does, or if
you are an established church and can meet a 14 point check list that is provided by the
State of Mississippi.
3. Must have a separate room to store the food with all items being off of the floor either on
pallets or shelving.
4. All locations that food will be stored must be monitored at least once a week with
thermometers and temps recorded. These temp charts are provided by Twelve Baskets.
It is the agencies responsibility to purchase thermometers.
5. If you are going to use a refrigerator or freezer to store product in those must also have
thermometers in them.
6. We will come out to your location to do preliminary inspection to make sure everything is in
place. Upon becoming a member we will do a follow up inspection 3 months after to make
sure all is running smoothly. After that we are required to inspect you location once a
7. Twelve Baskets offers two different programs. We have the TEFAP program that is
regulated by the State of Mississippi DHS Office and we have the Salvage Merchandise
which is offered to you at the fee of 16 cents per pound. This program is made possible
through America’s Second Harvest out of Chicago.
8. Your facility must provide to us a receipt of pest control for you pantry. Whether it is from a
professional business or an individual from your church.
9. A contract can be mailed to you upon your request from Twelve Baskets. As soon as it is
completed you can contact Jennifer Knue, Director of Twelve Baskets and she will
schedule your initial inspection.
Any questions please feel free to contact us at the above number. We look forward to working
with your organization and providing food to your location.