A food bank is a non-profit that safely stores food to be delivered to local food distribution centers, where it reaches those in need. Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief charity, is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks and food rescue organizations, with annual revenues of almost $3 billion.

In 1967 John van Hengel, pictured above at work, founded the first, St. Mary’s Food Bank. He came up with the idea of individuals and companies with excess food “depositing” it, and those in need “withdrawing” it. Today, St. Mary’s Food Bank is one of the largest food banks in the United States.

It all started with a conversation he had with a young mother who shared how she depended on soup kitchens and grocery dumpsters to feed her family. This interaction sparked van Hengel to begin his work, which eventually became Feeding America.

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Today The Good News Network announced, “This week, US supermarket chain Publix announced a new initiative to purchase fresh produce and milk to assist farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Publix will be donating these products directly to Feeding America member food banks in its operating area. The initiative, which is expected to result in more than 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk donated to Feeding America food banks during its first seven days, is expected to run for several weeks.’

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“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James