India Food Banking Network envisions a hunger and malnutrition free India. To achieve this, we are establishing a strong and efficient network of Food Banks throughout the country.
A Food Bank is a not-for-profit distribution enterprise that serves the community. It acquires donated food products including grains and packaged food as well as funds for sponsored mid day meals or breakfasts and makes it available to people who are hungry or lack nutritional food.
Food Banks distribute food products and meals through a network of community based organizations or NGOs that run institutional feeding programs. These include feeding programs at schools for underprivileged children, homeless shelters, old age homes, after-school programs, orphanages, charitable hospitals and other programs for the needy.
Food banking is an effective approach in alleviating hunger because Food Banks are:
- Bridging the Gap – Food banks meet the needs of the hungry by efficiently redistributing the food already available in the country.
- Scalable – Food Banks can start at the local community level, and can expand their network to feed a larger population over time.
- Adaptable – Food Banks can operate in different ways to suit different regional cultures and economies.
- Non-competitive – Food Banking does not interfere with the commercial channels of food distribution.
- Prevent Food Wastage – Surplus food: grains and packaged food, from shelves and warehouses, which would have otherwise been wasted is effectively distributed by Foodbanks among those in need.