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Every man, woman, and child needs to eat. Hunger is a serious problem but there are organizations like food banks to help combat hunger. A food bank is a non-profit charity organization that receives donated food and then redistributes the food to other groups who feed the hungry. These groups can run homeless shelters, soup kitchens and orphanages. Food banks need food all year long, but the need is often the greatest during the holidays. If you are looking for ways to help improve your local community, volunteering or getting people to donate to a food bank is a good place to start. The following are terms you will see when dealing with a food bank.

  • Pantry – Here this term refers to a particular group who receives food from a food bank to distribute.
  • Relief Network – Name given to the operation of food banks donating food to different pantry groups who work together to make sure they give the best aid possible to people within their area.
  • Soup Kitchen – A place where food is either given to the hungry and homeless for free or for a very low price. Despite the name, which originated during the Great Depression when they mostly did serve soup, most soup kitchens offer a lot more than soup now.
  • Homeless Shelter – A place where the homeless can come to sleep and take a shower. Homeless shelters often operate on donations or outreach charity programs.
  • Food Stamps – An alternative government program that assists low income families by giving them money for food. Despite the name, they are no longer given stamps, but typically cards with a set amount of money once a month.
  • Outreach Program – A program provided by local businesses and churches to give aid to the local community through charity.
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    The Food Bank of Southern California
    1444 San Francisco Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813
    The Foodbank of Southern California provides highly nutritious food to the community's hungry citizens to ensure that no individual goes hungry, not even for a single day of the week.
    (562) 435-3577
    Our Saviour Center
    4368 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte, CA 91731
    Our Saviour Center Distributes Food at our Food bank on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm to homeless and low income families in the El Monte Area. Plus Cleaver Family Wellness Clinic.
    (626) 579-2190
    Organic Gourmet Catering
    2617 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90277
    Organic Gourmet Catering is a catering company specializing in weddings, parties, corporate catering, craft catering and catering for other social events.
    (985) 465-9875
    Hawaiian Gardens Food
    21411 Norwalk Blvd, Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716
    (562) 860-9097
    Alameda Foods
    5636 E 61st St, Los Angeles, CA 90040
    (323) 432-5191
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors
    13513 Telegraph Rd Ste A, Whittier, CA 90605
    (562) 777-2475
    Haitian American Food Bank
    521 W 17th St, Long Beach, CA 90813
    (562) 436-5500
    Chartered Distribution Services
    1950 E 25th St, Los Angeles, CA 90058
    (323) 232-4000
    Cooper's Cold Foods
    4510 Seville Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90058
    (323) 584-4440
    Community Action Partnership of Orange County
    11870 Monarch St, Garden Grove, CA 92841
    (714) 897-6670
    Canton Food Co
    750 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
    (213) 688-7707
    Goya Foods of California
    15320 Salt Lake Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
    (626) 961-6161
    Martha's Kitchen
    507 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
    (213) 625-8341
    Banco Popular
    1701 N Euclid St, Fullerton, CA 92835
    (714) 870-4726
    A F C Trading Wholesale Inc
    4740 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032
    (323) 223-7738

    If you're interested in volunteering for a charity organization, you may want to consider donating your time to a food bank. Food banks provide needy community members the food they need to stay healthy and happy. If you live in a medium to large sized city, there is undoubtedly a food bank near you. These food banks collect and donate food to other, smaller non-profit organizations. They may donate to a food pantry or a homeless shelter, for instance. They may also donate to a soup kitchen or community outreach center. These relief networks organize and distribute quite a lot of food each day, and they depend on the aid of volunteers to do this effectively. Most food banks are always looking for generous adults and older children to help them run smoothly and efficiently. And they always need extra help during the holiday season. They hold many fundraisers and events around that time of the year. These hunger fighting organizations also occasionally provide food stamps to the needy. These stamps can be used to buy a wide variety of food and other perishable goods at participating grocery and convenience stores. Food banks may work closely with a particular homeless shelter. They also work closely with a particular food pantry or soup kitchen. And anyone interested in volunteering his or her time at one of these non-profit organizations should be pleased to know that the food they work with at one of these banks will be sent almost immediately to other, smaller non-profit organizations.
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