food bank

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A charitable community social service that collects surplus food from restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, etc., accepts donations from private citizens, and distributes food to needy persons. Food banks supplement the often inadequate social safety net in some affluent nations, where large gaps exist between those who have and those who lack adequate resources to feed themselves and their children. Because much of the food is donated surplus supplies, it does not necessarily provide well-balanced dietary intake, especially for children, but at least it helps to prevent frank starvation.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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