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A food bank is an organization that gives food to people who need help.

It is usually run by volunteers, and can be funded by government agencies, individuals, or corporations. Food banks try to help the poor and homeless, but also people who are just in need of a little extra help.

Doing a Feeding program

The first feeding programs were started in the late 19th century in response to hunger brought on by poverty and food shortages. During the Great Depression, for example, the Federal Surplus Relief Corporation gave surplus foods to local communities via local governments. After World War II ended, many countries worked to reduce hunger within their own borders.

Continuing the Promise

A feeding program or meal service is a type of non-profit organization that provides food to individuals who are hungry. These programs are usually run by volunteers, religious groups, charities or local governments. Some are funded through donations, others are government-funded.