A message from the CEO

Category: A message from the CEO

Dear Partner – Feedback has always been important to GFN; it helps our organization continuously develop, strengthens trust and communication, and reinforces our culture. Recently, our team analyzed findings from our 2020 Membership Satisfaction Survey, an annual measurement of GFN services and strategic direction, completed anonymously by our network. The feedback that we glean from…

Dear Partner – Food banks are relentlessly creative in their commitment to reaching remote groups, especially during these difficult times. In honor of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, commemorated on 9 August, we are highlighting some of the unique ways that food banks are serving these communities with nutritious foods. Mesa Brasil Sesc, Brazil’s…

Dear Partner – A few weeks ago I wrote to you about how your partnership powered a strong humanitarian response to the COVID-19 crisis in more than 50 countries worldwide. Thanks to supporters like you, the GFN Network of food banks were able to provide meals to more than 22 million families and individuals facing hunger…

Dear Partner – The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could add another 83 – 132 million people to the ranks of the chronically hungry this year, according to a new report released by UN agencies this week. Even before the pandemic, chronic hunger increased by 10 million people in the last year, and one in four people faced food…

Dear Partner – Earlier this week Thomson Reuters discussed the heroic work food banks are doing to help their neighbors.  Their work – which spans food banks on five continents – is only made possible due to the support of partners like you: thank you. Since early March 2020, you have joined The Global FoodBanking…

Dear Partner – The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) circulates an annual assessment to our member food banks so that we can gather comprehensive information about service delivery, operations and programs. This year’s Network Activity Report rolled out about the same time that COVID-19 did, and given that our food banks rapidly entered disaster response mode,…

Dear partner – At the end of May, the U.N.’s World Food Programme announced that about 14 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could experience severe food insecurity this year due to COVID-19. The region’s economy is expected to contract by 5.3%. Pre-COVID, many countries suffered from significant unemployment and poverty rates; amid…

Dear Partner – Food banks across our network have had to adapt their models for food collection and distribution, as many of the direct lines to communities have been shut-down due to COVID-19. According to a recent survey of 47 food banks in our network, 94 percent are reporting an urgent need for food, while…

This past Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that South America is now the “new epicenter” for the coronavirus pandemic. Brazil has the highest number of cases, and both Brazil and Mexico reported record numbers of infections and deaths almost daily last week. About 39 million Brazilians work in the informal economy, which has…

Dear Partner – As lockdowns loosen, the economic devastation caused by COVID-19 remains. In many places, people are now paying significantly more for food due to supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic. This trend, compounded by the steep rise in unemployment worldwide, is making it more difficult for many families to put food on the table….