A food bank and a food pantry are two very different things.
A FOODBANK is an organization that collects products from the food industry and food drives, inventories and stores them, and distributes them to agencies – such as food pantries, soup kitchens, Kids Cafes and shelters – that provide food directly to individuals in need. A food bank has the capacity to distribute millions of pounds of grocery products every year. Food banks make it easy for agencies to obtain nutritious food at a low cost in the quantities they need for their clients.
A FOOD PANTRY is an individual site that distributes bags or boxes of food directly to those in need who reside in a specified area. A food pantry is a member agency of and obtains food from, a food bank. Both food pantries and food banks share the same commitment: to provide food to those in need.
A food bank makes it easy for agencies to obtain nutritious food at a low cost in the quantities they need for their clients. Individual agencies in northwest Pennsylvania depend on Second Harvest for most of the food they provide to those in need.