This Bachelor thesis researches the field of charitable food distribution in Austria. In this process, the role of charitable food distribution systems within Austria’s social system is examined and it is reviewed if and to what extent these systems assume duties of the State. Special attention is given to social work and its contribution to the fulfilling of tasks in “social markets”. Besides literature review, this thesis covers web page analysis of five “social markets” and two food banks. These web pages were surveyed with the method of theme analysis by Froschauer and Lueger. The research findings were classified into the categories organization and organizational structure, external relations, funding, social policy, location information, target audience, tasks and supplies of the “social markets” and food banks as well as social work. In addition, four experts were interviewed. Based on the outcome a project was developed which implements social work in “social markets”.