A physical space where food is collected for distribution, helping to reduce hunger by rescuing food that might otherwise have gone to waste. Usually run by a non-profit organization. Food banks accept donations of food and other necessities, such as diapers, and provide them to people in need. The extent of food waste in the U.S. is especially shocking because of the high level of hunger: 49 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including nearly 16 million children, according to the food bank network Feeding America.

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