What is a food bank?
A food bank is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food to hunger-relief charities and community organizations like food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. They work with local grocery stores, restaurants, and other food donors to gather surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.
Food banks in the U.S. are very diverse. Some are small and serve people across a large rural area. Others are very large and distribute many millions of pounds of food each year. All food banks rely on donors and volunteers to carry out their mission.
A food bank is a warehouse for millions of pounds of food and other products that go out to the community.
A food pantry is an organization that distributes food directly to people.