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What is a Food Bank?

A food bank is a charity organization that receives food donations to distribute to smaller hunger relief agencies that directly serve those in need.

Food banks are found in most communities and rely on donors and volunteers to carry out day-to-day operations. A food bank’s sole purpose is to feed those in need.

Where does the food come from?

It comes from people like you making donations, in the form of food and monetary gifts.

Food banks also work closely with food manufacturers, farmers, grocery chains and other food suppliers to maximize the food available to hungry families. These relationships allow food banks to stretch donated dollars further than an average consumer could on their own.

Monetary donations are also used to transport food, both to the food bank and from the food bank to partner agencies.

Food banks work to safely provide food for families, ensuring all food is edible and within FDA guidelines.

To learn more about the St. Louis Area Foodbank, visit our “About Us” page.