A food bank is a place or warehouse where food items are stored to be redistributed to soup kitchens and homeless shelters. A food pantry, on the other hand, is where people in need can go to get food.
Churches or Faith Organizations
Food pantries are generally run by churches or faith-based organizations.
Food banks are often run by nonprofit organizations or charities.
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Food banks are sometimes also referred to as food shelters as they keep food that is sent to not only the homeless shelters but also day-care centers, after-school programs, and elder-care programs.
A food pantry may receive a portion of their food from a food bank, but most of its food comes from private donations from an affiliated church or faith-based organization.
Clothing and Household Goods
In addition, a food pantry may distribute clothing and other household items.
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