The Sustainable Development Goals and Food Banks

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the UN’s proposed set of targets relating to future international development. UN member states will be expected to use SDGs to shape their political policies over the next 15 years. The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. Of the 17 proposed goals, the following align with GFN’s mission:

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Food banks acquire donated food, much of which would otherwise be wasted, and make it available to those in need through a network of community agencies. More so, many of GFN’s member food banks have programs that focus on delivering nutritious food, helping recipients live healthier and fuller lives.

Food Banking’s Role in Helping Nations Meet SDGs

Stanlake J.T.M. Samkange, Director, Policy and Programme Division at the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), addressed food bankers from more 35 countries at The H-E-B/GFN Food Bank Leadership Institute in Houston. (See full transcript.) Stanlake discussed how food banks play an important role in helping the UN and all nations meet the goals to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and food waste.

GFN and WFP Speak About SDGs, Nutrition and Collaboration

Mr. Samkange of WFP speaks with Jeff Klein, GFN President and CEO, about the SDGs, ending malnutrition and how GFN can collaborate with WFP by sharing GFN’s unique expertise in urban environments. (See full transcript.)

…we don’t see nutrition and hunger as separate things. Nutrition is an integral part of addressing hunger which includes calories and also the quality of those calories.

– Stanlake J.T.M. Samkange, World Food Programme

The Zero Hunger Challenge


GFN is a proud participant of the Zero Hunger Challenge. Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Zero Hunger Challenge is his personal vision of a world without hunger – a global call to action. GFN believes that hunger can be eliminated in our lifetime. In fact, the world produces enough food to nourish everyone. Tragically, over one-third of the world’s food is wasted, ending up in landfills instead of on tables. At GFN, we envision a thriving network of food banks throughout the world working to reduce food waste, increase food security and alleviate hunger and malnutrition. See our pledge for Zero Hunger.

The challenge of Zero Hunger means:

  • Zero stunted children less than 2 years
  • 100% access to adequate food all year round
  • All food systems are sustainable
  • 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
  • Zero loss or waste of food

You can join the Zero Hunger Challenge too! Sign the Zero Hunger pledge or see how your organization can get involved.

One of the great things about food banking is that it helps create a culture of people being engaged in the solutions to problems.

– Stanlake J.T.M. Samkange, World Food Programme

About Us

At The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), we hunger to make the world a better place through food banking. GFN is a global non-profit organization committed to creating, supporting, and strengthening food banks and food bank networks throughout the world, in countries outside the US.