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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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    Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
    3808 Tarheel Dr, Raleigh, NC 27609
    (919) 875-0707
    Interfaith Food Shuttle
    1001 Blair Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603
    (919) 250-0043
    Food Runners Collaborative Inc
    1001 Blair Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603
    (919) 856-1823
    Halleujah Soup Kitchen
    1904 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27603
    (919) 899-6498
    Church of The Good Shepherd
    125 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603
    (919) 831-2010
    Tri-Area Ministry
    149 E Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    (919) 556-7144
    Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Pantry
    216 W Academy St, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
    (919) 552-7720
    Food Bank of Central & Eastern
    708 Gilbert St, Durham, NC 27701
    (919) 956-2513
    Shiloh Christian Soup Kitchen
    209 Durham St, Smithfield, NC 27577
    (919) 934-1201
    Community Kitchen Shelter
    100 W Rosemary St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    (919) 967-0643
    Community Soup Kitchen of Goldsboro
    112 W Oak St, Goldsboro, NC 27530
    (919) 731-3939
    Food Pantry
    126 Village Lake Rd, Siler City, NC 27344
    (919) 742-3111
    Loaves & Fishes Christian Food Ministry Inc
    509 S Lexington Ave, Burlington, NC 27215
    (336) 570-4668
    Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church
    5006 Patton St, Fayetteville, NC 28303
    (910) 864-8400
    Ramseur Food Pantry
    724 Liberty St, Ramseur, NC 27316
    (336) 824-8045


    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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