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Hunger Relief Now. Resilience Tomorrow.

COVID-19 has increased food insecurity to its highest levels in decades. Locally-led food banks around the world are effectively tackling hunger and strengthening communities through their leaderships, partnership capacity, and reach. The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) represents a lynchpin in this crisis, helping frontline food banks respond to immediate needs while powering a community-driven response that builds resilience for the future.

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*Data collected by GFN in October 2020 from 43 food banks in the Network. THE CRISIS CONTINUES 84% 91% report changing methods of distribution to meet requests for emergency food report an increase in demand for emergency food 89% 59% are purchasing food to meet local needs are seeing a critical funding shortfall An estimated two billion people currently face food insecurity. Food banks served by GFN are working hard to keep pace:
OUR IMPACT

GFN supports locally-led food banks in 40+ countries, the majority of which are based in resource-scarce communities. We offer expertise, resources, and connections that dramatically increase efficiency, assure safety, and catalyze scale—providing hunger relief now and building resilient communities tomorrow.

In response to the pandemic, GFN has:

  • Invested 19,000 hours of technical assistance and programming activity.
  • Distributed 1.1 billion kilos of food.*
  • Served 27.6 million people, up from 16.9 million during all of 2019.*
  • More than doubled the number of partnerships with multinational food
    companies—now with 68 partners for sourcing food and grocery products.

OUR APPROACH


SCALE
WHERE CAPACITY
IS STRONG

SCALE

On average, food banks are serving nearly 200,000 more people regularly than prior to COVID-19. GFN provides operational and grant support to help food banks scale to meet increased demand and expand their reach to new populations.

EMPOWER
LEADERS WHERE RELIEF
IS NEEDED

EMPOWER

In the face of severe hunger made worse by COVID-19, GFN empowers visionary leaders who have boldly stepped forward to initiate and scale food banks through investments in basic infrastructure, knowledge, and skill building.

PROTECT
CHILDREN IN
CRITICAL NEED

PROTECT

Children have been disproportionately affected by this global health and economic crisis. Through targeted grant funding, specialized guidance, and technical support, GFN is helping food banks meet the needs of children who are missing meals due to school closures.

ACCELERATE
RESILIENCE THROUGH
NUTRITIOUS FOOD

ACCELERATE

COVID-19 has caused significant disruptions to the global food supply chain. GFN is securing the supply chain of nutritious food for families in need by expanding relationships with local food growers, and regional and global companies.

Stories from the frontline


NEWSFEED
  • Eliminating food loss and waste in Ecuador through food banking

    We produce enough to feed the entire world; however, millions of people go hungry while billions of pounds of food are lost or wasted along the supply chain. Food loss and waste is such a huge problem that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include target 12.3, dedicated to halving food loss and waste by... The post Eliminating food loss and waste in Ecuador through food banking appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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  • New Research Identifies Policy Recommendations to Support Food Donation Across Five Continents

    Amid pandemic and rising rates of food insecurity, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and The Global FoodBanking Network address global food waste and hunger crisis. Cambridge, MA (April 8, 2021)—In response to food waste, climate change, and a global hunger crisis that is further fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Global Food... The post New Research Identifies Policy Recommendations to Support Food Donation Across Five Continents appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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  • From Nigeria to the Philippines to México to Perú, food banks address the needs of women

    Across the globe, women and girls are severely affected by poverty, hunger, and disease. Last to eat, and often least as well, women tend to forgo food when it is limited. They make up almost half of the agricultural labor force; however, juggle this work with unpaid care responsibilities for their family. And these inequalities... The post From Nigeria to the Philippines to México to Perú, food banks address the needs of women appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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  • Q&A: “Every woman can play an important role in the fight to eradicate hunger”

    An Interview with Ana Isabel Méndez, Executive Director, Banco de Alimentos Panama This year, International Women’s Day is recognizing the important role played by women leaders in pandemic response and recovery efforts. GFN took this opportunity to sit down with Ana Isabel Méndez, Executive Director of Banco de Alimentos Panamá, and a leader within our... The post Q&A: “Every woman can play an important role in the fight to eradicate hunger” appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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  • Powering Communities for Zero Hunger: COVID-19 Impact Report

    “Day after day we hear stories about locally-led food banks who are innovating in the face of new and persistent challenges related to COVID-19. It is their entrepreneurial spirit and deep commitment to serving their community that fills us with inspiration and momentum as we enter 2021. The Global FoodBanking Network is powering the most... The post Powering Communities for Zero Hunger: COVID-19 Impact Report appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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PARTNER WITH US

Vicki Clarke, Ph.D., Vice President of Development
+1.312.757.2220 | vclarke@foodbanking.org