How We Help

Food banking is a system that moves food from donors to the people who need it and engages all sectors of society in the effort. The system feeds millions of people each year, becomes a vehicle for building public awareness about hunger and its solutions.

How Food Banking works
A food bank is a nonprofit distribution enterprise that serves the community. It acquires donated food—much of which would otherwise be wasted—and makes it available to people who are hungry through a network of community agencies. These agencies include school feeding programs, food pantries, soup kitchens, hospices, substance abuse clinics, after-school programs and other nonprofit organizations.

Why it works
Food banking is an effective approach to alleviating the global food crisis because it is:

Universally supported – People everywhere recognize and respect the conviction that no one should go hungry. When it comes to hunger, there is no “they” to oppose the “we” who work to end it.

Practical and efficient - Food banking appeals to the heart and the head; it feeds people while reducing waste.

Scalable – Food banks can start at the community level and expand and network to feed a state, a nation and the world.

Adaptable – Food banks can operate in different ways to suit different cultures and economies.

Non-competitive – Food banking does not interfere with commercial channels of food distribution. It is an effective, cost-reducing outlet for businesses, governments and farmers.