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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 20,580 hours of technical assistance and programming activity.
  • Distributed 2.4 billion meals.
  • Served 40 million people in 2020.
  • 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
  • If we want to reduce global hunger, the global community needs to prioritize these four areas — starting at the UN Food Systems Summit

    Recent data on global hunger illustrates a somber truth: approximately 768 million people around the world faced hunger in 2020 — an increase of 118 million people over the past year alone. Food banks supported by The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) witnessed this increase firsthand: 40 million people across 44 countries turned to a GFN... The post If we want to reduce global hunger, the global community needs to prioritize these four areas — starting at the UN Food Systems Summit appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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  • Food Banks in Latin America Partner with and Serve Indigenous Communities to Alleviate Hunger

    About 8 percent of Latin America’s population — or 50 million people — identify as Indigenous according to the United Nations Development Programme. Due to systemic exclusion, social marginalization, geographic isolation, and other factors, Indigenous peoples are nearly three times as likely to be living in extreme poverty compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. Because food... The post Food Banks in Latin America Partner with and Serve Indigenous Communities to Alleviate Hunger appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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  • Child feeding programs alleviate hunger and support student success during COVID-19

    Prior to the onset of COVID-19, food banks supported by The Global FoodBanking Network were already addressing child hunger, through establishing or supplementing programs run by schools and other organizations. However, the pandemic has further underscored the necessity of these programs for the health of children and their communities. The World Food Programme estimated that by April 2020, 370... The post Child feeding programs alleviate hunger and support student success during COVID-19 appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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  • African Food Banks Strengthen Each Other by Sharing Lessons Learned

    By Anthony Kitchen and Gabriela Kafarhire In late June, more than 40 food banking professionals from seven countries met to exchange ideas, best practices, and expertise as a part of the 2021 Africa Food Bank Incubator Conference. Due to the pandemic, it was the first time this group had the opportunity to get together in... The post African Food Banks Strengthen Each Other by Sharing Lessons Learned appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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  • Food Banking Kenya Reaches Six Times More People Facing Hunger in 2020

    Food banks across Africa expanded exponentially during 2020 to support increased need in their communities during the COVID-19 crisis. Last year, African food banks in The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) increased people served by 169 percent increase over 2019 and distributed 8 million kilograms of food, an 80 percent increase. COVID-19 first appeared in Africa in February 2020, and shortly after, protective public health measures like curfews, quarantines, and school and business closures were put in... The post Food Banking Kenya Reaches Six Times More People Facing Hunger in 2020 appeared first on The Global FoodBanking Network.

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