A message from the CEO

Category: A message from the CEO

Dear Partner – Season’s Greetings. I am certain that, like me, you are ready to bid farewell to 2020. This has been unprecedented year. The number of people who have fallen ill and passed away from COVID-19 is hard to fathom, and we are only beginning to wrap our heads around the residual impacts of…

Dear Partner– Today, we are releasing our FY2020 Annual Report which reviews our strategies and results for the period July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. This past fiscal year has been like none other in The Global FoodBanking Network’s (GFN) history. After approving a new strategic plan in June 2019, GFN expanded its network to include new food banking…

Dear Partner – Today, please join us in celebrating the first-ever International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (IDAFLW), designated by the 74th United Nations General Assembly in 2019. Through IDAFLW, we recognize the fundamental role that sustainable food production plays in promoting food security and nutrition. In this COVID-19 world, with potentially 83 to…

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…