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Ways to End Hunger

Reduce the Cost of Ending Hunger Up to 90%

Every community in America is served by a food bank or a food rescue organization that is a member of America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Bank Network. These regional organizations exist to channel the food industry’s inventory surpluses and edible errors to food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and similar agencies.

Food banks are one of America’s best-kept secrets!

Food banks have millions of pounds of good food that your agency or community can use at no charge or for a per-pound handling fee that is just pennies per dollar compared to the value of the food.

If you are not sure who or where your area’s America’s Second Harvest member is, call (312) 263-2303 or visit www.secondharvest.org to find them. If they are located some distance from you, don’t despair! Many have branch warehouses, delivery routes or other ways of serving outlying communities.

Using your local America’s Second Harvest member’s donated food instead of store-purchased food is the single most significant change you can make in order to draw down the cost of ending hunger to levels that you can afford.


Food banks and food rescue organizations are not grocery stores that can order food supplies from the food industry at will. Rather, they are food donation seekers who only get what they are lucky enough to get as food companies develop inventory surpluses, have overruns, have products left over after holidays or promotions pass by and by other means. So they won’t always have everything. But “everything” is not necessary to end hunger. If they have as few as 40 different products in inventory, you almost certainly have enough variety available to you to bring ending hunger within reach.

Remember that I claimed you would learn how to end hunger? You just have. Or, more properly, you have just learned how to access enough food to adequately address your community’s food assistance needs.

In the remaining sections of this Web site, you will learn how to optimally employ these food resources in order to achieve that outcome.