What is a food bank?

A food bank is a warehouse or “bank” where contributed food is collected, sorted, and distributed to different agencies, such as shelters and church pantries, who then give or prepare and serve the food to those in need. There are many ways to help out at your local food bank. You can donate money. You can donate food. If your school does not already collect food for your community’s food bank, you can speak to your principal about setting up a food drive one day per month to collect food from your student body. (Perhaps each child brings from home one can of non-perishable food the first Tuesday of every month.) You can volunteer. And you can take political action by writing to your congressman, state senator, or representative, and telling them that you will not accept hunger in your town or city.


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