The role of the Galveston County Food Bank is to feed hungry people. One of the greatest challenges facing economically disadvantaged people is accessing and purchasing nutritional food. Although food is plentiful in the United States, the challenge for social service organizations dedicated to helping hungry people lies in the logistics of securing, transporting, storing and distributing the food. Through the Galveston County Food Bank system, Galveston County has access to allocated USDA food as well as donated and salvaged food, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products from manufacturers and retail distributors. The Food Bank warehouses bulk quantities of fresh, frozen, canned and dry food products in readiness for distribution to partnering agencies throughout Galveston County, distributing about 7.3 million pounds of food each year.