With a population of more than 1.4 billion people, India is one of the most ethnically, religiously, politically, and culturally diverse countries in the world; but like most countries, it faces significant hunger challenges. India currently ranks 101 out of 116 on the Global Hunger Index, revealing that 14 percent of the population is undernourished.
To meet the immense and varying need across the country, The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) partners with three food bank organizations, Feeding India by Zomato, India FoodBanking Network, and No Food Waste to expand food relief in India. To support the various needs of food banks in India, GFN provides remote technical assistance, resources, mentor sessions with other food banks around the world, connections to food sourcing partners, and funding.
“It was very early on that we knew we needed to engage with organizations in India,” said Chris Rebstock, field services director at GFN. “In 2009 we conducted an analysis, developed a business plan, and helped establish the first food bank in Delhi, which has now grown into the India FoodBanking Network.”
Ten years later, GFN was in a position to expand further in the country and connected with two other food bank organizations in India in order to meet the demand.
The three organizations are currently reaching more than 100 cities across India and providing food access to more than 6 million people. In the face of COVID-19 and its related challenges, the three food bank systems proved their ability to adapt, expand their reach, and mobilize resources at an unprecedented level.
To further the work already being done in India, GFN is working with the three food bank partners and an on-the-ground support team to leverage the unique strengths of each through stronger coordination, common messaging, and collaborative programming.
These three food bank organizations provide just one example of the power of a Network and what we can accomplish together.