The Greatest Crisis of Our Generation
The cost of food, fuel, and fertilizer has risen rapidly across the globe. Rising food prices mean that fewer people can afford a nutritious diet—and as many as 1.7 billion people could fall into poverty and hunger as a result.
In this context, food banks are needed now as much as any time in recent memory—they step up to meet increased need for food relief when communities are faced with unimaginably difficult situations.
The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is the world’s most geographically diverse food bank network, active in about 50 countries and thousands of communities. To support the Network during this critical time, we are launching a global Cost-of-Living Crisis Response to help our partners maintain and increase levels of service at a time when communities need that support the most.
Hear directly from food bankers in Ghana and Ecuador on ways that the cost-of-living crisis is directly impacting their communities and how they are responding.
GFN’s Cost-of-Living Crisis Response Priority Countries are countries where we have food bank partners and that have been identified as hunger hotspots by the World Food Program and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), are eligible for FAO Food Import Financing, or are highly dependent upon Russian wheat and fertilizer imports.
Rising prices don’t affect everyone equally. People with lower incomes spend a much higher percentage of their income on food and fuel on average, and they are less likely to have savings or access to credit and other financial tools that can help during times of adversity. Learn more about the cost-of-living crisis here.
As community-led organizations designed to address local hunger needs, food banks see early warning signs of crises, and react quickly and efficiently. In 2021, GFN’s members served 39 million people in 44 countries – a 128 percent increase over pre-COVID levels of service.
GFN is committed to strengthening food systems, building the effectiveness and resiliency of our members, and expanding the reach and depth in areas where the needs are the highest.
GFN is aiming to raise $11M over the next nine months to bring this plan to scale and help mitigate the global hunger crisis. This support will be targeted to where the needs are highest.
Our Crisis Response Plan
food banks in action