Summer Feeding-Hunger Never Takes a Vacation!

Posted on: 03-01-2014

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What is a Food Bank?

A food bank is generally defined as a non-profit organization which solicits, procures, inventories, and warehouses donated food and other products. The most common items procured are non-perishable food items, but some unique food banks have the capacity and ability to warehouse perishable items as well. This food is then distributed to a variety of community agencies such as pantries, meal sites, homes, shelters, and soup kitchens which serve the people in need.

The major focus of food banks is not to provide food directly to individuals in need. Instead, food banks provide food to agencies in their service area that, in turn, provide food on an individual short-term need basis.

There are five food banks in Louisiana.

Food banks receive food in many different ways. Some examples are:

  • Public food drives

  • Individual food donations

  • Bulk purchases from your financial support

  • Hunters for the Hungry

  • Grocery store product reclamation

  • Corporate reclamation and redistribution centers

  • USDA distributed commodities

  • FEMA Emergency relief distributions  

 

Rules for acceptance and participation in the program are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap. Any person alleging discrimination on the basis of race color, national origin, age sex, or handicap has the right to file a complaint within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action with the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana or the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, P.O. Box 3481, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-3481, phone (225)922-1319.