Aunt Bertha makes it easy for people facing social needs - and those who help others - to find and make referrals to appropriate programs and services for food, shelter, health care, work, financial assistance and more.
To strengthen and fill in gaps in the hunger safety net under the Washington metro area, the Capital Area Food Bank is committed to connecting its partners and neighbors in need with healthy food. The Food Bank Network creates links to the CAFB’s network of food assistance partners and programs while providing real time access to services such as affordable housing and job training.
Food pantry (pantries) provides food directly to those in need. These facilities receive, buy, store and distribute food to low-income individuals in their community. Large amounts of food that are received by pantries come from food banks only after they become an agency member. (this varies based on the pantry. Many smaller pantries depend on donations) Once the food pantry receives its supply of food, it is then turned into nutritious, balanced meals (I would not characterize that the supply of food is turned into meals) that are then distributed to individuals and families at no cost. Unlike food banks, food pantries are typically ran (run) out of churches or buildings that have adequate amount of freezers, refrigerators and shelving to store food (some pantries do not have freezers or cold storage) Food banks will then monitor these agencies on a regular basis to assure that food is handled in a safe and sanitary manner.
2-1-1 provides information about school lunch programs and summer food service programs for children. You can get information on government-sponsored programs that reduce hunger and find out if you qualify for the other resources.
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