The Food Banking Concept has been created at the end of 60s by a retired American businessman John van Hengel, who (after ending his professional career) became a volunteer for local organization bringing help to the poorest in Phoenix, Arizona. It was he who noticed that many shop owners are wasting food and throwing away groceries with faster expiration date, thus he decided to gather up food from various traders and pass it to local eating places.
In 1993, "Social Help SOS" ("Pomoc Społeczna SOS") has been created next to "Food Bank SOS" in Warsaw with Jacek Kuroń as the prime mover. In years 1993-1995, new banks were created in Jawor, Lódź and Piła and within next years the concept of food banks has expanded in Kraków, Konin and Leszno. In 1997 the polish network of food banks turned into Federation of Polish Food Banks.
As of now, Food Banks (currently there are 30 of those) create a network of organizations specializing in acquiring, storaging and distributing food. Also - Federation of Food Banks has achieved ISO certificates in the range of supporting Food Banks in acquiring and passing food.
Groceries are given away by producers, wholesalers, retail shops' owners and fruit/vegetable markets cooperating with Food Banks. Other than that - there are also food gatherings in various shops and supermarkets that allow food contributing from any physical person. Later the food is passed to volunteers. The biggest program however is supported by EU "Food help 2014 - 2020", which is carried out from the resources of FEAD - European Federation of Waste Management. It involves buying and distribution of food amongst the most needed people. Food Banks collaborate with various non-governmental institutions and organizations for which the feeding the most needed people is on daily basis. On national scale there are 3000 organizations that provide help to over 2 milion people.
FAREON Foundation has started cooperating cooperating with Food Bank in Konin.