Many communities have a local "food pantry", sometimes mistakenly called a "food bank". Most of these community food pantries are sponsored by local area churches and/or community coalitions.
A community food pantry’s mission is to directly serve local residents who suffer from hunger and food insecurity within a specified area.
Independent community food pantries are self-governing and usually distribute food to their clients on at least a once-a-month basis, or as more often decided by the local pantry.
For more information on feeding people and operating a feeding program click here.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. It provides food and administrative funds to States to supplement the diets of these groups.
Many programs utilize USDA TEFAP commodities.