|A Different Kind of Bank
Watch food banking in action
Let's understand a little better what "food banking" entails.
Each year billions of pounds of food go to waste, while at the same time nearly one billion people do not have enough to eat.
On a national basis, FoodBank South Africa (FoodBank SA) works to source donated food and other grocery products. FoodBank SA then arranges for these products to reach those who need it most, via the national system of community food banks.
The community food banks receive, store and sort food, and then issue it to local food aid agencies.
The food bank receives food from government agencies, farms, food manufacturers, food wholesalers, supermarkets and consumers.
The food bank then issues that food to food aid agencies. These are essentially the numerous organisations in the community which provide food to the needy. Agencies include orphanages, creches, old age homes, shelters, soup kitchens and HIV/AIDS clinics.
Pictorially the system can be shown as follows: