Frequently Asked Questions

1What is a food bank?

A) A food bank is a place where stocks of food, typically basic provisions and non-perishable items, are supplied free of charge to people in need. Food banking systems capture surplus food, source for food and deliver it to the people who need it most, and engage all sectors of society (governments, business, and civil society) in the process.

B) Food banks acquire donated food, much of which would otherwise be wasted, from farms, manufacturers, distributors, retail stores, consumers, and other sources, and make it available to those in need through a network of community agencies. These agencies include, hospitals, school feeding programme, emergency camps.

C) A food bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that distributes food to those who have difficulty purchasing enough food to avoid hunger.

Food banks purpose is not to solve the problem of food poverty in the society, but rather to provide emergency relief. The function is ameliorative and should be judged in that light. At the same time it can be argued that food banks can fulfill important health prevention function.

2How can I be Part of this Project?

Any individual who wishes to join LFBI can do so in the following ways: (a) Become a volunteer by assisting us before, during and after our food distribution programmes (b) Become a donor or both (c) Engage your social media followers with the mission of LFBI.

To volunteer, you can send us an email or fill out the volunteer form on this site.

3How can I partner?

You can partner with LFBI as follows:

  1. End of the Month Project. Minimum beneficiaries target: 1,500 people,
  2. Mini project. Minimum beneficiary target 200 people,
  3. Feeding at least 80 Volunteers for the end of the month outreach
  4. Fund our annual budget or quarterly budget
4Can we show our brand on the event day?

Yes only to a certain extent and it can be discussed at the point of partnership.

5What exactly do you do and who are your target Beneficiaries?

What we do is simply to alleviate hunger and poverty by delivering food and disaster relief free of charge to indigent adult citizens from 50yrs and above, vulnerable teenagers, Children from 5-16 years, Destitute and Widows.

6How do you identify Potential Beneficiaries?

We identify our beneficiaries in the following ways:

A) House-to-House visitation to identify the indigent families

B) Liaising with small religious houses to provide a list of indigent members within them.

C) Identifying those that are obviously in need of food on the street, as we sight them

D) Going to CDA meetings within and outside our immediate community to announce our food project

7Is my donation tax deductible?

For corporate entities, the amount donated becomes part of the company's expenses which would be deducted before arriving at the net profits for the year.

8How do you get your food items?

Most of our food items are either donated by the public or purchased directly by us at the nearby market and sorted by volunteers. Institutions such as Churches, Hospitals and police stations identify people in need of food and refer them to Lagos Food Bank.
These individuals will receive one month of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food upon reference from these institutions.
Lagos food bank also makes time to chat and to signpost these people to other helpful services where necessary.

9What kind of food is provided at LFBI?

Food provided includes: perishable and non-perishable products such as Rice, Garri, Beans, Yam, Semovita, Noodles, Beverages, cooking ingredients, palm oil and groundnut oil etc, and baby food.
Non-food items (e.g. tooth paste, soap, toilet paper etc.) are also frequently donated and distributed to Beneficiaries.

10How often does your organization distribute food?

Monthly Project: Every last Saturday of the month. Mini Projects: Every 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month (dates for mini project are flexible).

11What other items do you distribute apart from food?

For those who visit our food bank for our programs, we provide free on-site medical examination to beneficiaries above 50 years of age, administer basic drugs, and offer free eye test/treatment by medical experts in their respective fields. We also distribute clothing in different sizes.

12Why do people need emergency food succour?

Today, it is common knowledge that a lot of people in Nigeria struggle to feed themselves and their families. Unemployment, illness, salary delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for the additional costs of house rents are just some of the reasons why people go hungry the need for the birth of LFBI.

At Lagos Food Bank, we have a packaged food bag that contains a minimum of one month nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food with cooking ingredients

13How can I donate?

You can make donations through direct transfers to our bank account. A/C Name: Lagos Food Bank Initiative A/C No: 0002221706 Bank: Standard Chartered Bank

OR

Write a cheque to “Lagos Food Bank Initiative” and have it delivered to; Plot 10 Oba-Lateef Adams Estate, Off Olufeso Street, Iloro, Cement B/S, Agege, Lagos Nigeria.

14Where can I drop off food items?

Food donations come in all sizes. If you wish to donate food items, then you can come to our office at Plot 10 Lagos Food Bank building Oba-Lateef Adams Estate, Off Olufeso Street Iloro, Cement B/S, Agege, Lagos Nigeria.

15Do you Accept Clothe Donations?

Yes we do and same can also be picked up depending on the size.

16Can I go to the outreach venue instead of going to the food bank on outreach day?

The food bank has a policy of all volunteers to assemble at the food bank for event days, however volunteers staying within the proximity of the outreach venue can head to the venue of the outreach.

17Does LFBI have a policy on accepting kind’s of food?

It is part of our safety policy not to accept prepared or cooked food from individuals excluding certified food agencies; we collect raw food items for distribution.

18Do you pick up donations?

We have provision of mobile services to pick donations such as food items.
Pick up gently used clothes is subject to size or quantify of clothes and availability drivers.

19Are the Food bank branded shirts paid for?

The shirts are free, however it used for administrative purposes to identify our volunteers and staff during the distribution project. The shirts are returned to the management at the end of the outreach task.

20Which do you need more: food or money?

We need both to fulfill our goals. Moreover we are able to buy more quantity of food at a discount prices. In addition to help in the operational cost of Lagos Food Bank to purchase other items for donations.

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