What is a food bank?
A Food Bank operates as a central clearinghouse for collecting food that might otherwise be wasted. Food usually comes from various sources in the food industry, like grocery stores and wholesalers, that have thousands of pounds of food to give away - food that could otherwise be thrown away.
We warehouse the food, and with help from volunteers, sort, pack and redistribute it to the community. Traditionally, a food bank does not distribute food directly to those in need.
This food is distributed to non-profit hunger relief charities that directly serve the needy through their own programs. These programs include shelters for the homeless, soup kitchens, residential facilities for the elderly and people with disabilities and shelters for abused women and children. Any charitable, non-profit agency meeting the criteria of the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 agency may apply to become an agency of the Food Bank. The agency must then agree to distribute the food to the public at no charge.