We provide the information, space, and connections necessary to ensure the world’s food banks have a voice in global conversations, moving us toward lasting food systems change.
A staff member from Banco de Alimentos Perú recovers surplus produce from vendors at Mercado Central Lima. Vendors donate their unsold produce to the food bank to alleviate hunger and ensure wholesome food doesn't go to waste. (Photo: The Global FoodBanking Network/Nicolas Villaume)
What drives food systems transformation? Policies, partnerships, and people. At GFN, our work unites the collective power of all three.
Our food systems are not working. Millions of people around the world are unable to access food while one-third of the food produced is lost or wasted, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. To transform our food systems, we need consistent collaboration and innovation across sectors and geographies. Food banks are an integral part of the solution to these challenges.
The food bank model is distinctly designed to alleviate hunger while mitigating food loss and waste. And as locally led organizations, food banks are deeply connected to and aware of unique community needs. Food banks must be recognized as a response to these challenges. And they must be a part of a concerted effort among experts across society to effectively address the root causes of systemic problems like hunger and climate change. Only then will global food systems change be possible.
It’s more important than ever for policymakers, government agencies, food donors, companies, food banks, and the public to understand the impact of unnecessary food waste in their countries and the need to change it.
Emily Broad Leib, clinical professor of law and director of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic
Our work to mobilize food systems change includes: