A food bank is a non-profit that safely stores millions of pounds of food that will soon be delivered to local food programs, like a food pantry. The food they store is donated from local neighbors, retailers, grocery stores, and restaurants. The Feeding America network of food banks includes 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries. Five of these 200 food banks are in Michigan, including the Food Bank of South Central MI, who proudly serves eight Michigan counties!
A food pantry is a place where hungry families can receive food. Supplied with food from a food bank, pantries feed hundreds of people per week! Because every community is different, there are many different types of pantries.
Sometimes food pantries are inside schools or churches, so it is easier for children and their families to get food.
Thanks to the hard work of both food bank and food pantry staff and volunteers across the nation more than 21 million meals have been provided to nearly 110,000 children this past year!