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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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    Gila Com Food Bank
    317 W Hackney Ave, Globe, AZ 85501
    (928) 425-3639
    Apache Junction Reach Out Food Bank Inc
    575 N Idaho Rd Ste 701, Apache Junction, AZ 85119
    (480) 983-2995
    East Mesa Baptist Church
    752 S Ellsworth Rd, Mesa, AZ 85208
    (480) 986-9827
    Extended Hands Food Bank
    16548 E Laser Dr Ste 6, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
    (480) 837-0303
    Chandler Christian Community Center The
    345 S California St, Chandler, AZ 85225
    (480) 963-1423
    Matthews Crossing Food Bank
    1368 N Arizona Ave Ste 112, Chandler, AZ 85225
    (480) 857-2296
    United Food Bank
    245 S Nina Dr, Mesa, AZ 85210
    (480) 926-4897
    Saint Mary's
    615 N 48th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008
    (602) 352-3640
    Celebrity Fight Night
    2111 E Highland Ave Ste 135, Phoenix, AZ 85016
    (602) 956-1121
    Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank
    10862 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85028
    (602) 867-9228
    Desert Mission Food Bank
    9229 N 4th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
    (602) 870-6062
    Cultural Cup Food Bank Inc The
    537 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
    (602) 266-8370
    Mom's Pantry Community Food Bank
    13440 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85022
    (602) 992-0083
    Association of Arizona Food Bank
    2100 N Central Ave Ste 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004
    (602) 528-3838
    Phoenix Public Market
    14 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
    (602) 253-2700

    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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