Building Strategic Partnerships

We believe cooperation, shared knowledge, and pooled resources are critical to catalyzing meaningful food systems transformation.

We’re working to bring about meaningful food systems change, and we know that only happens through purposeful collaboration.

When groups of dedicated people come together to tackle large-scale problems, pooling their resources and expertise, we only increase our chances of long-term success.

With that ethos in mind, we participate in international coalitions and partner with nonprofits and networks, multilateral actors, and other organizations at local, regional, national, and international levels. Our collaborative work moves us closer to a world where everyone can access responsible, sustainable food systems.

The Champions 12.3 Coalition is made up of executives from governments, businesses, international nonprofits, research institutions, farmer organizations, and civil society. It’s dedicated to accelerating progress toward achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3, which seeks to halve global per capita food waste by 2030. Members of the coalition contribute to meeting Target 12.3 by pursuing strategies that reduce food loss and waste and encouraging governments, the private sector, and individual citizens to do the same.

The Food is Never Waste Coalition
is composed of national governments, United Nations agencies, nongovernmental organizations, research institutions. Its goal is to create a platform for global collaboration and research, ultimately leading to the reduction of food loss and waste. As a coalition member, GFN will contribute food bank research and food donation best practices.

Sin Desperdicio, or “without waste” in English, is a platform of partners committed to eliminating food waste in Latin America and the Caribbean through innovation, improved public policies, and research. Members of Sin Desperdicio include corporations, research institutions, multilateral organizations, and nongovernmental organizations.

Voluntary agreements mobilize businesses, governments, local authorities, and other stakeholders to reduce environmental impacts in key sectors of production and consumption. Alongside WRAP, an organization dedicated to creating a world in which we source and use resources sustainably, GFN and food banks are working together to build these multilateral partnerships, starting with agreements in Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa.

The School Meals Coalition is an initiative of governments, nonprofits, and other partners collaborating to improve or restore national, sustainable school meal programs, and strives for every child to have the opportunity to receive a healthy, nutritious meal in school by 2030.
The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) provides third-party, temperature-controlled supply chain services for over 1,100 food industry companies in 85 countries. GCCA offers complimentary membership to food recovery organizations and is partnering with GFN to strengthen the relationship between companies that handle and store food with member food banks and provide the Network with access to resources and technical expertise.

The Global Methane Hub is an international organization of more than 20 of the largest climate philanthropic organizations. It was created to organize the field of philanthropists, experts, nonprofits, and government bodies to ensure we unite around a strategy to maximize methane reduction. The Hub’s partnership with GFN aims to quantify, track, and communicate contributions from food banks around the world in support of global climate mitigation efforts, which in turn, will incentivize investment and policy action to reduce methane emissions and expand food access for those struggling with food insecurity.

The World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) is an international network of fresh food actors–180 wholesale and retail markets around the world–that leads international efforts to ensure food security worldwide and healthy, guaranteed, and accessible diets for everyone. Their goal is to make sure that people around the world have sustainable, easy access to high-quality, healthy diets through a well-organized food system. WUWM works in over 42 countries worldwide–sharing expertise, innovation, and services, and connecting bright ideas and actors in order to achieve food accessibility and security for all.
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