World Food Day Inspires Activity Around the GFN Network
GFN and our member networks rallied around World Food Day (October 16), leveraging the annual United Nations-designated occasion to create greater awareness of world hunger and the importance of food banking as a solution. Media coverage put the spotlight on GFN and the need for food banking to help alleviate hunger and reduce food waste. Around the world, food banks organized hunger marches, held food drives, and took to social media to spread the word about this issue and the need for global and local action.
GFN “In the News” On World Food Day
During the week, Jeff Klein, GFN President and CEO, was interviewed by national and Chicago media including Forbes.com, WGN-TV, Crains Chicago Business, and the Daily Herald.
Jeff also joined a high profile group of thought leaders at the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium held in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize. There, he participated in a panel discussion on the topic of post-harvest loss and food waste, and the role food banks play in redirecting perfectly safe and nutritious food to the hungry.
We are thankful to The Wall Street Journal Office Network for featuring a series of digital ads that educated about hunger and motivated viewers to help GFN feed those in need. The ads ran for three weeks in lobbies of premier office buildings across the United States. Learn More
Food Banks Around the World Mark World Food Day
India Holds First FoodDrive Challenge
The India FoodBanking Network and the Delhi Food Bank organized a weeklong “FoodDrive Challenge,” the first major food drive effort for the food bank that started operations earlier this year. The food drive engaged local volunteers and employees of private sector businesses to collect food in neighborhoods and workplaces.
South Africa Gets "Noughty"
FoodBank South Africa marked World Food Day with a “Noughty Party” - a virtual "non-party" designed to raise funds for the national food bank network. Guests spent nought (nothing) on their outfits and transportation; the food bank spent nought on event costs; and, instead, 100% of the revenue went to
support those with nought to eat.
Canada Hosts #hunger Twitter Chat
Food Banks Canada held a series of #hunger
Twitter Chats to raise awareness about hunger and share ways
people can support their local food banks. The chat was hosted by Social
Media Women (@shesconnected) and prizes were provided by Walmart
Additional World Food Day Media Coverage
Argentina Adds "One More to the Table"
GFN member Red Argentina de los Bancos de
Alimentos held its 10th annual national food drive marking World Food Day. The
“Sumá +1 a tu mesa” campaign asked shoppers to “add one more to your
table” by donating food at supermarkets in 17 cities throughout the
country. In total, more than 17,000 kilos of food was collected to help
Jordan Marches Against Hunger
The Jordanian Food Bank organized a march against hunger with the theme “Together… Against Hunger.” The march raised awareness about hunger and the food bank’s efforts to work with restaurants, hotels, and food companies to reduce waste and deliver food to hungry people.
A Special Thank You to the Kellogg Company
The Kellogg Company is a Founding Partner of The Global FoodBanking Network and donates more than US$20 million worth of food products for hunger relief annually. Kellogg supported World Food Day 2012 in a variety of ways.