About the survey
From September to December 2019, GFN administered a survey on child hunger programs to food banks and national networks in 30 countries in the GFN network. Eighty food banks responded, including a mix of national networks, certified members, member candidates, emerging projects, and food bank members of the national networks. All GFN members and member candidates responded to the survey.
All data presented is self-reported by the food banks. It is worth noting that there are more than likely other food banks implementing child hunger programs than what is reported. Only a sample of food banks within the various national networks responded to the survey. Therefore, the report presents a snapshot of GFN network activity and is not meant to be a complete representation of the entire network.
Summary of GFN survey results
In 2019, as reported by the survey respondents in 30 countries, food banks in The Global FoodBanking Network served an estimated 3.49 million school-age children (3 to 18 years old) through collaboration with schools and local social service organizations.
In addition to providing regular food and grocery products to children through various social service agencies, many food banks also implement specific programs targeted to a certain age group or subset of the population. Of the 80 survey respondents, 41 food banks in 18 countries reported implementing targeted programs for school-age children in 2019. Of the food banks in 12 countries that did not implement child hunger programs in 2019, food banks in seven of these countries planned to implement a feeding program for school-age children in 2020, although it is yet to be determined how the effects of COVID-19 will impact programmatic decisions.
The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is an international nonprofit organization that nourishes the world’s hungry through uniting and advancing food banks in more than 40 countries. GFN focuses on combating hunger and preventing food waste by providing expertise, directing resources, sharing knowledge, and developing connections that increase efficiency, ensure food safety, and reach more people facing hunger. In 2019, 949 GFN member food banks distributed over 1.4 billion meals to feed 16.9 million people through a network of more than 56,000 social service and community-based organizations.