Why Do We Need Food banks?

Help Centre

In a world of plenty, where supermarkets overflow with produce and cupboards brim with options, the necessity of food banks might seem perplexing to some. However, the reality for many individuals and families worldwide paints a different picture. Food banks serve as a vital lifeline for those facing the harsh realities of poverty, hunger, and financial hardships.

dover food bank, client picking her food parcel from the shelves in the the dover food banks shop

Food in crisis

One primary reason for the existence of food banks is the immediate assistance they provide to those in crisis. Unexpected circumstances like job loss, illness, or sudden financial instability can plunge individuals and families into situations where putting food on the table becomes a daily struggle. Food banks step in to bridge this gap, offering emergency food supplies that provide relief during difficult times.

Tackling Food Insecurity

Food insecurity, unfortunately, remains a prevalent issue in many communities across the globe. This term refers to the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Contrary to common belief, it’s not solely an issue found in developing nations.

Even in affluent areas, individuals and families face food insecurity due to various factors, including inadequate wages, rising living costs, and limited access to nutritional food sources. Food banks play a crucial role in combating this problem by ensuring that no one goes hungry.

Food Banks = Community Support and Solidarity


Food banks are not merely about handing out groceries. They foster a sense of community, support, and solidarity. Volunteers, donors, and supporters come together, driven by a shared commitment to helping their neighbors in need.

A Path Towards Systemic Change

While food banks are indispensable in addressing immediate needs, they also highlight the necessity for systemic change. They shine a light on the deeper issues of poverty, income inequality, and the gaps in social safety nets. Advocacy efforts by food banks aim to raise awareness and push for policy changes that address the root causes of food insecurities.

How you can Help

Whether it’s donating food, volunteering your time, or supporting our cause, YOU can be a part of changing lives in our community. Join us today to ensure no one goes hungry. Your contribution, big or small, matters. to find out how you can help visit our give help page.

Check out other posts from our help centre