What is Food Banking?

An Obvious Choice: How Food Banking Fights Hunger,
Reduces Waste, and Helps the Environment

Throughout much of the world, there is enough food. But each year, millions of tons of consumable surplus food and grocery products are lost. Much of what is grown, processed, and manufactured is never consumed due to:

  • Failure to harvest
  • Post-harvest loss
  • Product disposal
  • Expiration
  • Over production
  • Damage
  • Marketing and other business decisions

Food banking is the link between food waste and hunger.

Food banking is an interconnected lifeline to the hungry.

Food banking is hunger relief operating at scale.

Food banking is a community asset.

Learn more about how food banking works, where the food comes from, how it moves through a food bank, the community agencies food banks serve, and how food reaches hungry people.