Characteristics of Food Banks

  1. Food banks exist for people facing hunger, without discrimination. This may be defined as people who are low-income, economically disenfranchised, unemployed, under-employed, economically at risk, food insecure, malnourished or undernourished, or impoverished. [1]
  2. Food banks do not distribute meals or meal equivalents to the people in need*. Food Banks distribute food to charity organizations like soup kitchens, night shelter, orphanage, social welfare center, self-help home for people with disabilities ect. [1]
  3. Food banks obtain free food, including products with a short shelf life, the so-called non-commercial items, incorrectly packaged, the value and nutritional quality of which are beyond question. Food Banks mostly do not buy food. [1]
  4. Food banks are non-profit organizations. [1]
  5. Preventing food waste improves the resilience of the food supply chain, helps our planet, and contributes to food security. That is where Food Banks come in. [3]
  6. Food Banks daily contribute towards the achievement of SDG Target 12.3: halving per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reducing food losses along production and supply chains by 2030. [3]

*there are few exception like Estonia, Germany and the Netherlands