Food banks are non-profit organizations that collect food and distribute it to their partner charities and other charitable organizations. This way, food can reach end clients - children, the elderly, single parents, the disabled, the homeless, and others in need. The banks obtain food from food chains, food collections, the European food and material aid program, growers, producers, and individuals. Under the umbrella of The Czech Federation of Food Banks, there are 15 food banks throughout the Czech Republic. With a few exceptions, each region has one food bank.