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Food pantries don't compete with food bank

Posted: January 16, 2013 - 12:03am


Almost every day, I am asked to address the difference between food banks and food pantries and which one should we support. There is one food bank in the Augusta area and that is The Golden Harvest Food Bank. Golden Harvest distributes food to families in Columbia County through 12 food pantries.

With the exception of Columbia County Cares, the food pantries in Columbia County are located in churches. To my knowledge all food pantries in Columbia County are 100 percent volunteer operations and all fully supported through donation of food and money.

Columbia County Cares acquires 60 percent of the food we distribute to families through Golden Harvest Food Bank. In return for this food, Columbia County Cares shares in the cost of Golden Harvest receiving, checking and repackaging this food.

Our share in the cost of the food we receive from Golden Harvest is normally 16 cents a pound. Food that is not available through Golden Harvest must be either purchase from local sources or donated through food drives or from independent grocery stores, restaurants or food distributors. In 2012, 30 percent of our monetary donations went to Golden Harvest to acquire food for distribution to our less-fortunate clients.

Food pantries in Columbia County are not in competition with Golden Harvest; we are agencies in partnership with them. Pantries need donations of money to help acquire food through Golden Harvest, and donations of food and money to acquire food that is not available through Golden Harvest.

Bottom line: When you support one, you support the other.

David Iverson


(David Iverson is executive director of the Columbia County Cares Food Pantry.)

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If you care about feeding the hungry, you care.

If you also care about the truth, you care. It takes organization to identify and distribute food to the needy. GHFB is like the wholesaler. Church pantries and other non profit pantries are the retailers. GHFB has customer partners. Pantries have customer recipients. GHFB acquires food from food drives, FDA, grants, grocery stores, food vendors, and purchases made with monetary donations. Pantries BUY food from GHFB. Pantries GIVE food to the needy.

Where do you want to be in the chain? Make sure the organization is truly NON PROFIT. How is the money spent? Are they volunteer staffed? What percentage of all of the proceeds touch the hand of those in need. If your can't feed the hungry personally, find someone you can trust to be the extension of you hand.

Make sure you good intentions are carried forward.

Paul Ricca

They do not have to compete

They do not have to compete and there is no need for such a competition. They should consider offering their service in a flawless manner to meet the need. But the competition does exist between restaurants. If you run a restaurant then you can stay ahead by using Illuminated LED Menus which you can find at!illuminated-led-menus/c63d.

Paul Ricca

Since both the facilities try

Since both the facilities try to offer a support to the needy both should get the support from the community they serve. However, there should also be food banks and food pantries online. Now most food products could be bought online, in fact you can also find fresh seafood online.



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Paul Ricca

Both kinds of facilities

Both kinds of facilities should work together to solve the food crisis issue. However, people should not only have access to nutritious food items but they should also have access to pure water. So they should consider taking help of pure water technology.


I don't find any differences

I don't find any differences between these two in particular. The only thing is that the name which is being used for both. Even the had written more about this issue. One can check it on their website for general info.

Paul Ricca

There should be more such

There should be more such facilities available which could offer free food to helpless people. However, they should also include schools in such programs and offer fruits, candies and even ice creams to the kids, they could find the food carts and ice cream carts online at a reasonable price.


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