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Food Banks Explored & Defined

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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    San Bernardino Food Bank Capsc
    678 S Tippecanoe Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92415
    Our food back is the largest feeding organization in the local area. We have nearly 200 affiliated feeding sites, specialized food banks helping to feed over a million persons per day. Call today.
    (909) 723-1580
    Byers Family Foundation
    11732 Central Ave., Chino, CA 91710
    We are a non profit company serving people in crisis situations, from hungry, to homeless, to needy. We are here to help make a difference in peoples' lives.
    (909) 464-9833
    American Food Bank
    55668 Yucca Trl, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
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    (760) 228-2222
     
    User Review: "After calling and leaving messeges for several days a man answered the phone who a rude and short. When I tried to eplain..."
    San Diego Food Bank
    9850 Distribution Ave, San Diego, CA 92121
    (858) 527-1419
    Nccs Food Bank
    680 Rancheros Dr Ste 100, San Marcos, CA 92069
    (760) 761-1140
    Western Eagle Foundation
    28075 Diaz Rd, Temecula, CA 92590
    (951) 695-7206
    Menifee Valley Community Cupboard
    26808 Cherry Hills Blvd, Sun City, CA 92586
    (951) 301-4414
    Hope Food Bank
    610 S State St, San Jacinto, CA 92583
    (951) 654-3850
    Imperial Valley Food Bank
    329 Applestille Rd, El Centro, CA 92243
    (760) 370-5789
    Fish Food Bank
    458 Po Box, Indio, CA 92202
    (760) 398-1600
    Ford Merchandise
    27189 Bark Ln, Moreno Valley, CA 92555
    (951) 247-3870
    Second Harvest Foodbank of Orange County
    8014 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
    (949) 653-2900
    Second Harvest Food Bank
    2950 Jefferson St Ste B, Riverside, CA 92504
    (951) 359-4757
    Someone Care Soup Kitchen
    720 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    (949) 548-8861
    Martha's Kitchen
    24318 Hemlock Ave Ste C6, Moreno Valley, CA 92557
    (951) 247-4522


    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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