Chicago, IL (October 16, 2018) – Advancing the food banking model globally will play a critical role in achieving the Zero Hunger Sustainable Development Goal says a new report from The Global FoodBanking Network.
Food banks – which provide meals to those facing hunger through recovering surplus food – operate at the community level in dozens of countries and are estimated to reach more than 15 million people outside of the United States. The report suggests that with greater support from global partners, this model could be replicated and scaled to help solve the challenge of hunger.
The State of Global Food Banking 2018: Nourishing the World is the first publication to profile food banks on a global scale and includes profiles of these food recovery organizations in more than 50 countries. The study provides insights and demonstrates the effectiveness of the food banking model as a grassroots, community-led hunger intervention.
The publication is released on the heels of an announcement that hunger is on the rise, with 821 million people facing chronic undernourishment and billions more struggling with food insecurity.
“With the international community’s goal of zeroing out hunger by 2030, the need for an effective method to address hunger and malnutrition has never been so clear,” said Lisa Moon, President and CEO, The Global FoodBanking Network. “As this report shows, food banking is a proven and locally adaptable solution in solving this pressing humanitarian challenge.”
Key findings and conclusions presented in the report include:
Food banks are formed by local leaders to procure safe and surplus food from commercial food systems, which might otherwise go to waste or to landfills, and repurpose it for distribution to those facing hunger directly through community service organizations. While known widely in the U.S. and Europe, in the last decade food banks have become critical community supports in many emerging market economies by providing food assistance to vulnerable populations that are too often left behind.
The State of Global Food Banking 2018: Nourishing the World was made possible by the generous support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Cargill, and The Kellogg Company Fund and was made possible through the strategic support for the organization offered by the PIMCO Foundation. It will be the first of an annual report measuring the impact of food banks.
The State of Global Food Banking 2018: Nourishing the World can be accessed here.
About The Global FoodBanking Network
The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is a non-profit organization that nourishes the world’s hungry through launching and strengthening food banks in more than 30 countries. Last year, GFN member food banks rescued 472 million kilos of food and redirected it to feed more than 7.78 million people through 55,000 social service organizations.