No, as that is not the food bank’s purpose. Instead, the food bank’s at least 150 partner agencies receive large orders of desired product from the warehouse stock and then prepare meals and/or distribute the food to children and families in need in an efficient and economical manner. This allows the food bank to focus on acquiring and soliciting large donations of food for distribution to the agencies. When a person in need calls the food bank for help, he or she is immediately linked with a local partner agency that provides emergency food to those in need of assistance.
The best way to connect with a local food pantry is to dial 211 (United Way 211 information hotline.)