Hunger Glossary

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Elderly Food Programs

These programs specifically target at-risk elderly and include home-delivered meals and congregate meals programs, which provide meals at central facilities in group settings. Food relief organizations may be a primary source for the former, while the latter is likely to rely on the resources of a food bank like Long Island Cares.

Emergency Food Programs

Emergency food programs (EFPs) distribute donated food items to hungry people through avenues such as shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries. Such programs typically are run by private, nonprofit community organizations. An EFP is different from other programs where food is distributed, but not on an emergency basis, such as day care centers and group homes.

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