Once upon a time, people who needed food came to a food bank and were handed a bag of groceries. While the concept is still that simple, food banking has had to develop in many ways.
Today this Food Bank distributes food (over 20 million pounds per year) to agencies, where people who need food can register and get help. Today we have professional staff, new technology, nutrition research, improved communication, a strong member network, and thousands of dedicated volunteers. Together these elements enable us to develop specific programs that are both innovative and responsive to changing needs in the community.
Several Food Bank programs have won awards, including the Choose Healthy Options Program (CHOP), a communications system by which truck drivers can be directly connected with inventory, and an advocacy campaign using paper plates. It's all part of striving to improve best practices to better serve our community.