Our member food banks in Africa are on the front lines of this dramatic, immediate increase in need. In South Africa, where several protests have broken out over access to food handed out by authorities, FoodForward South Africa has distributed a total of 2,394 tons of food to 136,500 households, serving approximately 365,000 people. Andy DuPlessis, Managing Director at FoodForward SA, said, “FoodForward South Africa is immensely grateful to GFN and other donors for the awesome support during this very challenging time in our country, as we work toward ensuring that our health crisis does not turn into a hunger crisis.”
One of our emerging project food banks, Food For All Africa in Ghana – a country in which food prices are tripling – is offering 3,500 daily hot meals to Accra’s homeless population. Elijah Amoo Addo, Founder and Executive Director, shared, “The past three weeks have been filled with desperation and anxiety – people wondering what will kill them first, hunger or COVID-19. Many of our food bank clients, our poor and vulnerable, believe that they are left to fight COVID-19 and hunger at the same time.”
To tackle child hunger amid COVID-19, we are pleased to announce that The Global FoodBanking Network has teamed up with the Global Child Nutrition Foundation to support food banks in determining how best to reach children out of school during this time. Through this partnership, we will compile information on what we are both learning from partners across the globe who are responding to the food and nutrition needs of children while they are out of school due to COVID-19. This partnership will also allow us to potentially make connections between in-country partners who are interested in joining their efforts to effectively and efficiently serve children while schools are closed.