Emergency Community Food Banks

By | December 30, 2018

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Find Local food banks in your community.  Want to know where to find free groceries near you?  U.S. food banks and pantries help feed the poor across the country. These food banks, give away canned goods, fresh meat, and household items such as soap, toilet paper, detergent, toothpaste, etc. It A neighborhood food bank like Loaves & Fishes or Second Harvest can make the difference between eating and go to bed hungry. These food banks support disadvantaged families, who could not make it without this help.   It is heartbreaking to tell you, children, there is nothing to eat. It is hard to believe that many children in the United States go to bed hungry.

I recently received a comment from a woman who is trying to raise a child on an $8.00 an hour job. Her rent is $635 a month and childcare cost her $175 a month and utilities are $150.  That leaves $1,220 a month after taxes, to care for two people.  That leaves $65 a week to pay for food, transportation/gas, lunch, and incidentals. This is the face of the working poor. They don’t make enough to care for your family, and many make too much to receive government help.  If you need, you may want to go to a food bank or community pantries for help.

Where are the Best Food Banks Near Me?

Feeding America

Feeding American originally started as a clearinghouse for food donations in throughout the United States in 1979. Today it is one of the largest organizations for hunger-relief in the country.  They network with over 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs agencies in the U.S.  John van Hengel a retired businessman created the idea of the food bank after helping out at a soup kitchen. A hungry woman who frequently rummaged through garbage for food for her children suggested there should be a place where the disadvantaged can go to get fresh food so people did not have to look in the garbage for food.

Charities Stop the Waste of Good Food

America wastes more food than any other nation.  Every year billions of pounds of food are wasted.  Up to 40% of produce grown in the U.S. will never be eaten.  If not rescued it will end up in an incinerator or a landfill as food for seagulls and other wild birds.    Many grocery stores, throw out passed due, groceries.  This discarded food is safe and edible, but must by law be disposed of by a certain date.

Today, food banks, churches, and other charities can pick up this food like bread, cake, produce, pre-packaged deli food, milk, juice, etc., for free and give it out to the poor.  Feeding America gathers the food purchased and donated, and divers it to local book banks.  The food banks in return donate food to people in their community.

US Food Banks Purchasing Program

OneHarvest is a OneHarvest is a purchase program. It is non-denominational and faith-based, open to all people. Anyone can purchase groceries at a huge discount. Each month they have a menu, you pre-order pre-packaged, meats, and vegetables, and other foods and pick up your selection at a designated time.  OneHarvest working in conjunction with local ministries, outreaches, and churches, to help families save on groceries and connected with like-minded people in your area.  You can purchase with cash or EBT.   To locate a food purchasing program in your city go (here) and enter your zip code.

How Local Food Banks Near you Help

  • Organized a neighborhood food drive to help distribute groceries
  • Donating can goods to your local food banks or soup kitchen
  • If you have the time consider volunteering at a soup kitchen or food bank
  • Live on $7 a day to feed your family, to understand how a person on SNAP lives
  • Teach your children not to waste food. (If you want to see how much food people waste, go to any buffet.  It is quite disturbing)


Banks in New York

New York City
Food banks in the Hudson Valley
New York City Coalition Against Hunger

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