The Feeding America Network

Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and services to people each year. Together, we are the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. When you contribute to Feeding America, you are joining our efforts in nearly every community in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

How does the Feeding America network of food banks work?

Feeding America helps local food banks with food, funds, and capacity build so together we can serve more of our neighbors facing hunger across the United States. See a full list of member food banks >

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Collecting Food Donations
Feeding America secures food and grocery donations from national food businesses and government agencies. Feeding America also rescues food from going to waste.
 
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Moving Food to Communities
The Feeding America network moves donated food and groceries to where they are needed most. Everyone should have access to affordable, nutritious food no matter where they live.
 
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Distributing Food to our Neighbors
Member food banks safely store and distribute food and groceries to local food programs like food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Local food programs then share that food and groceries with people facing hunger.
 
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Ending Hunger for Good
Feeding America's vision is an America where no one is hungry. Together, the Feeding America network of food banks and food programs advocate for legislation to prevent our neighbors from going hungry and partners with people facing hunger to create new solutions to the hunger crisis.
 

 

What is a food bank?

A food bank is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food to hunger-relief charities. Food banks act as food storage and distribution depots for smaller front line agencies; and usually do not themselves give out food directly to people struggling with hunger.

Food banks in the U.S. are very diverse – from small operations serving people spread out across large rural areas to very large facilities that store and distribute many millions of pounds of food each year, and everything in between. A variety of factors impact how food banks work, from the size of the facility to the number of staff members.  But, one thing all food banks have in common is that they rely on donors and volunteers to carry out their day-to-day operations.

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Food Banks

A food bank is a warehouse for millions of pounds of food and other products that go out to the community.

Food Pantries

A food pantry functions as the arms that reach out to that community directly. Some use mobile food pantries, which reach people in areas of high need.

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