What is a Food Bank?

A food bank is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes food to people in their community who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger and/or malnutrition. Food banks also offer food to local non-profit organizations whose mission is to help similar people in the community.

The food that Community Food Bank distributes comes from local grocery and retail stores, like Safeway, Nob Hill, Lucky’s, and Target, from local growers like Phil Foster, Coke Farms, Heirloom Organics, and Shingai Farms, and local community members just like you. Community Food Bank is also a member of Ag Against Hunger in Salinas, which collects and redistributes surplus produce from across the central valley and central coast. Community Food Bank distributes over 1,000,000 pounds of food each year, most of which would otherwise be thrown away.

Food banks are more than just food distribution centers. They are community leaders in helping people in their area struggling to make ends meet. From motivating city and county officials to protect programs to examining root causes of poverty, Community Food Bank creates tailored, responsive programs for clients, volunteers, donors, and non-profits. Many factors can go into why a person needs food assistance and the Community Food Bank is there to help.