Food Bank Leadership Institute
Every year, participants from all over the world gather at the Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI). Together with GFN staff, food and grocery industry representatives, and experts on global food security, participants focus on their common commitment to reducing hunger and food waste in their local communities through the advancement of food banking.
The Food Bank Leadership Institute is a vital part of achieving GFN’s mission to alleviate world hunger. While we have food bank development projects underway in numerous countries, we are unable to respond to every opportunity that presents itself. By carefully selecting and training credible, capable and committed representatives from countries where food banking presents a viable solution, we enhance our ability to promote food banking around the world.
Over the past seven years, the Institute has hosted 211 individuals from 49 countries.
Empowering Existing Food Banks
Inspiring Food Bank Development in Hong Kong
After first attending the Institute in 2009 Gabrielle Kirsten and a team of volunteers started a food distribution program and built the foundations of a successful food bank. Read how participation in the Institute empowered Gabrielle to carry the concept of food banking home and how she worked with GFN to start Feeding Hong Kong. See how they’re scaling up operations to rescue more food and deliver it to hungry people across Hong Kong.
Initiating New Food Bank Development
Leaders of non-governmental organizations that address issues of poverty and malnutrition and government representatives in countries without food banks attend the Institute to gain tools and resources to facilitate their efforts to initiate food banking. The Institute allows participants to experience food bank operations first-hand through tours of US food banks in the host city. Participants also hear presentations on how food banks work and how to engage the right stakeholders to create a food banking system. In addition, the week is an opportunity to network with other food bank leaders, and learn from some of the most mature and successful food bank networks in the world. All of this activity enhances the capacity of GFN to achieve its mission of alleviating hunger around the world by promoting food bank development.
Support from the Food and Grocery Industry
The food and grocery products industry has historically been supportive of the Food Bank Leadership Institute. H-E-B, one of the largest independent food retailers in the United States, was the first to partner with GFN in making the Leadership Institute happen, and has provided significant in-kind support in addition to financial sponsorship. In addition to H-E-B, key support over the years has been provided by Bank of America, BBVA Compass, Cargill, DLA Piper LLP (US), General Mills Foundation, Kellogg Company, Mondelez International, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, among others.
Interested in attending the Institute? Contact us for more information.