Difference Between a Food Pantry & a Food Bank

Difference Between a Food Pantry & a Food Bank
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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

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Food pantries are generally run by churches or faith-based organizations.

Nonprofit Organization

Food banks are often run by nonprofit organizations or charities.

 

Food Shelters

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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.

 

Private Donations

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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

Winter clothing can be donated at some food pantries.
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In addition, a food pantry may distribute clothing and other household items.