There is an organization called “Food bank” which collects non-standard products produced in the production process of food companies etc. and provides them for welfare facilities for free. Food banks also support people who need food aid, such as those who take care of children who cannot eat school lunch because of school closure, or needy people who lose their job due to the spread of COVID-19.
How to gain support from food banks depends on each of them. If you have any questions, such as how to look for a food bank near where you live, how to receive support, etc. feel free to contact us.
In order to obtain food aid from food banks, there are two ways: ①recieve direct support from food banks or organizations which cooperate with food banks without a letter of invitation ②recieve food through administrative liaisons, Council of Social Welfare, or NPO liaisons.
How to gain support from food banks depends on each of them, so please contact the food bank near where you live and check how to receive food.
※Since food provided by food banks is donations, you may not be able to request specific food.
List of food bank in Japan
- Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare「自立相談支援機関 相談窓口一覧」
For people living in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Saitama
- Second Harvest.“食品を受け取りたい方へ”
※Even if you receive direct support from food bank or a support group, you need a letter of invitation issued by administrative liaisons, Council of Social Welfare, or NPO liaisons from the second time. If you need an invitation letter, please contact an organization below.
If you have any questions, such as how to look for a food bank near where you live, how to receive support, etc. feel free to contact us.
There are restaurants which serve meals for free or at the low price called “Kodomo Shokudo” managed by local volunteers. Originally, they provided meals for needy families or children who eat alone to make the society where children spend their time in peace without being hungry. Currently, all generations can use them freely. Please look for a Kodomo Shokudo near where you live from the site below.