What is a food bank?

A food bank is a non-profit organization that solicits, receives, inventories, stores and distributes donated food and grocery products in a regional area to charitable organizations that directly serve needy clients.  These agencies include churches and 501(c)(3) organizations that provide direct services like food assistance, emergency shelter, housing assistance, elder care, child care, youth programs, job training and more.

Member food banks of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry provide food to agencies for distribution and also provide direct services to clients through programs like on-site pantries, mobile pantries, senior brown bags, children’s BackPack programs and Kids Cafes.


Food banks store food in warehouses for distribution to partner agencies.

Senior brown bags packed and ready to go out.

USDA programs provide staple foods that go out through all of our member food banks.

Some food banks have pantries on site for direct distribution to clients.

Some food comes in large quantities and must be repacked to distribute to agencies.

Food banks use mobile pantries to distribute food directly to the community where need is high or few pantries exist.

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