- Documenting the efficacy of the food banking movement globally. Food banks all over the world contribute to progress on Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 12.3. The State of Global Food Banking was the first series of studies to quantify that global impact. The State of Global Food Banking is a research partnership between GFN, European Food Banks Federation (FEBA), and Feeding America—the three largest food banking networks in the world.
- Convening food systems experts. GFN’s Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI) began as a formal platform to connect food bankers so they could learn from each other. While that continued under this strategic plan, FBLI also expanded to include food systems experts from outside food banking spaces. In 2019, FBLI met in London, with speakers including World Food Prize Laureate Lawrence Haddad and Tesco CEO Dave Lewis. While FBLI was forced to move to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it continued to connect food bankers with other food systems experts, like UN Secretary-General Special Envoy Agnes Kalibata and renowned agricultural economist and policy expert Shenggen Fan, who later joined GFN’s Board of Directors.
- Mobilizing nongovernmental organization and private sector partners. In the last several years, GFN and member food banks have co-led or supported partnerships that reduce food loss and waste and its environmental impact. These partnerships include The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas research partnership with Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and several voluntary agreements, which bring together businesses, governments, nonprofits, and other groups to reduce the root causes of food loss and waste. Additionally, GFN grew staff capacity to respond to the increasing number of global companies looking for a partner that can aid in recovering surplus food that would otherwise be lost or wasted.
“A Look Back at GFN’s Strategic Plan” is a series that examines the impact of our current strategic plan over the last three years.