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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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    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
    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
    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
    Foothill Unity Center
    415 W Chestnut Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016
    (626) 358-3486
    Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry
    24133 Railroad Ave, Newhall, CA 91321
    (661) 255-9078
    First Christian Church
    300 N Glendora Ave, Glendora, CA 91741
    (626) 335-2240
    Apla Food Bank
    7336 Bellaire Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605
    (818) 255-0080
    Rescue Mission Alliance
    13422 Saticoy St, North Hollywood, CA 91605
    (818) 785-4476
    A F C Trading Wholesale Inc
    4740 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032
    (323) 223-7738
    Shepherd's Pantry
    657 E Arrow Hwy Ste J, Glendora, CA 91740
    (626) 852-7630
    Martha's Kitchen
    2526 Daly St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
    (323) 226-9099
    North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
    4387 Troost Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91604
    (818) 760-3575
    Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition
    1106 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
    (323) 462-7055
    1140 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
    (323) 962-2005
    Shs Restaurant Inc
    7015 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
    (323) 933-6500

    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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