NPO Food Bank Kyoto is a small but growing organization of members and volunteers that receives food donations from local farmers, food producers, supermarkets, and individuals which are then distributed to welfare facilities and persons in need of food support. Food bank activities help to provide food security for those with insufficient food supplies, contribute to decreasing food waste, and provide volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups wishing to get involved in community welfare activities. NPO Food Bank Kyoto is one of over 100 food banks operating across Japan.



As with food banks across Japan and around the world, we have been providing as much support as possible for those facing difficulties due to the covid pandemic and recent increases in food prices. 



*To support food insecure individuals and families by supplying safe, nutritious food.

*To contribute to a decrease in food waste by receiving and distributing food that would not otherwise be sold or consumed (as in cases of overbuying, mistaken purchases, unused food gifts, aesthetically unappealing foods, minor packaging errors, unpopular food items etc.)

*To create food stocks for emergency relief activities.

*To contribute to education about food issues.


*To network with other welfare organizations. 


A brief history

2015 Food Bank Kyoto is established by Kyoto resident, Yumi Takabatake

     Sponsors periodic food drives and delivery to single mothers’ facilities, kids’ kitchens (kodomo shokudo), children’s welfare facilities, and individuals.

2016 Secures a small rent-free space to use as an office and for food storage.

Begins regular food drives at Daiei and Gourmet City supermarkets.

Obtains a small area of land on the outskirts of Muko City from a retired farmer to start a vegetable garden.

     Begins receiving donations of rice and vegetables from local farmers and packaged goods from local food manufacturers.

Buys an industrial fridge to store rice and vegetables.

2018 Attains NPO status.

2019 Expands the number of regular donors.


2022 Moves to a larger space in Katagihara near Hankyu Katsura Station in Nishikyoku. 



1)    Food collection

Food Bank Kyoto receives various types of food on a regular basis from local groups and businesses by way of donations and food drives. 

                     Results from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022

Donors (individuals, companies, groups)


Akashi Farm


Ashida Farm


Astellas Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

Food drive

Amita Holdings Co. Ltd.

Pregelatinized rice

Ishida Farm


Village Trust Tsukuda Farm


Oku Paint Corporation, Ltd.

Brown rice

Kawaguchi Sake Brewery Ltd.

Food drive

Kameoka Social Welfare Council


Kameoka MothersAssociation

Food drive

Kyoto International School

Food drive

Kyoto Aoi Lions Club

Food drive

Kyoto Kunpu Lions Club

Food drive

Kyoto Shimei Lions Club

Food drive

Kyoto Palace Lions Club

Food drive

Kyoto Royal Lions Club

Food drive

Kyoto University of Foreign Languages,

Faculty of Global Engagement

Food drive

Kyoto City School Lunch Association

Canned goods

Kyoto Co-op

Food drive

Kinki Milk Federation


Social Welfare Corporation,

Kuwanomi Tsumugi Group

Food drive

Natural Food Co-op Kyoto


Koyo Co. Ltd.

Food drive

Costco Japan Corporation,

Yawata Warehouse


Koharu Industries Ltd.

Brown rice

COPRO Corporation

Dry goods

Kyoto Prefecture

Food drive

International Soroptimist Kyoto

Dry goods

Sakanotochu Co. Ltd.


Sairakuji Temple


Gibraltar Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

Food drive

Social Insurance Medical Fee Payment Fund,

Kyoto Branch Office

Emergency food stockpiles

Jatco Co. Ltd.

Emergency food stockpiles

Seikoro Shiroyama Hotel


Sekisui House Ltd.,

Kita Osaka Sha Mansion Branch Office

Bottled drinks

Daiei Supermarkets Ltd.

Food drive

Temote Kyo Curry Udon Mimikou

Curry ramen

Doshisha University Affiliated

International Elementary School, International Office.

Food drive

Nakamura Kurashi Minaosu Group

Vegetables, Dry goods

Boehringer Ingelheim Japan Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

Emergency food stockpiles

Hatsune School District,

Volunteer Disaster Prevention Association

Emergency food stockpiles

Panasonic Co. Ltd., Device Solution Division

Emergency food stockpiles

Family Mart Ltd.

Food drive

Agricultural Production Co., Blue Lemon Farm


Heian Womens Junior High / Senior High Schools

Food drive

Heiwado Co. Ltd.

Food drive

Matsuo Store

Dry goods

Minoo Childrens Mori School

Food drive

Muginoho Co. Ltd.

Dry goods

Yano Foods Ltd.


Yohei Yamaguchi


Raikoji Temple


Rohm Co. Ltd.

Food drive

Individual Donors

Dry goods



Bottled drinks




2) NPO Foodbank Kyoto vegetable garden

Under the guidance of an experienced gardener, a group of dedicated volunteers are producing fresh, chemical-free vegetables year-round on Food Bank Kyoto’s 0.2 hectare vegetable garden located on the outskirts of Muko City. Depending on the season, the garden produces onions, beans, tomatoes, peppers, egg plants, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, radishes, carrots etc., which are delivered along with canned food and dry goods. A recent donation of a water pump from Takashimaya Department Store has helped to improve production and we are now exploring ways to raise funds to for other needed tools and machinery. 



3)  Food distribution

Recipients of food aid from Food Bank Kyoto in Kyoto City and the surrounding areas of Uji City, Kameoka City, and Muko City include the following.

*Welfare facilities for single mothers and their children

*Welfare facilities for underprivileged or at-risk children

*Welfare facilities (soup kitchens etc.)

*Kids’ Kitchens (Kodomo Shokudo)

*Individuals and families in need, including refugee families

*Local governments (emergency relief food stocks)

4)  Educational activities

In recent years, we have been expanding our educational activities by organizing lectures about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), food waste and food security issues at various local universities, junior and senior high schools including Kyoto International School, and the Lion’s Club. These lectures are often delivered as part of larger projects organized by the educational institution in which students or members are participating in food-related self-study sessions, projects, poster making events, and food drives etc.. Educational events have also been held for students making study trips to Kyoto City. 


Volunteer opportunities

1)  Pickup and delivery staff

For those with access to a car and who like to drive, the food bank is always in need of people who can collect donations from various places and deliver food support packages to individuals and welfare facilities around the city. The schedule for most pickups and deliveries is flexible, making it easy to work around personal schedules.


2)  Sorting staff

Generally, twice a month on a day and time announced in advance, volunteers gather for several hours to sort food donations by date and type, and to divide donated rice into 2kg bags for delivery. This work is done as a group and provides an opportunity to get to know other volunteers.   


3)  Vegetable garden staff

Perfect for those who like to work outside, the vegetable garden staff can always use another helping hand. Experienced gardeners can put their skills to good use and those with little or no experience can learn from other volunteers. 


4)  Organizing your own food drive

If you are interested in organizing a food drive and would like help from Food Bank Kyoto with collection and/or distribution, please contact us (see contact information below).



A food drive is a periodic or regular activity held to collect food for distribution to those in need and to raise awareness about hunger and food waste. Any individual, group or organization can organize a food drive to support the communities in which they live. Some schools also encourage their students to organize or participate in food drives as an active educational experience.  

Foods to collect:

Non-perishable canned or packaged foods such as soups, canned fish (tuna or salmon etc.), beans, pasta and noodles, rice, healthy crackers, low-sugar cereals, condiments etc., which are not past the expiry date and have nutritional value.

Foods to avoid:

Fresh or pre-cooked foods, food in open packages or glass jars, food or drink that contains alcohol, food past the expiry date.

Planning a food drive:

*Organize a group of volunteers

*Advertise well ahead of time (fliers, posters, online etc.)

*Specify a collection point, date(s) and times, and the types of food to be collected (be sure to have permission to use the location for food collection).

*Provide collection containers (large boxes etc.)


*Arrange for food to be transported from the collection site to the distribution site (food is most often distributed by food banks, welfare organizations, churches etc.) 



If you are interested in volunteering or simply finding out more about NPO Food Bank Kyoto, please feel free to contact us for more information (see below).



615-8141 京都府京都市西京区樫原平田町 14-31

615-8141 14-31, Hirata-cho, Katagihara, Nishikyoku, Kyoto City, Kyoto-fu

Tel/Fax: 075-201-9291




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