We conduct research to help member food banks thrive, to measure the effectiveness of food banking and new interventions, and to meaningfully contribute to important global conversations about hunger, food loss and waste, and other critical areas.
Ultimately, our evidence-based approach contributes to hunger alleviation and climate change mitigation by providing expertise, directing resources, sharing knowledge, and developing connections.
Food banking isn’t a “one size fits all” approach, and GFN research tracks the scope, breadth, and reach of food banking worldwide and measures its impact beyond hunger alleviation. Our research explores the diversity in food banking programs and the role of food banks in building stronger, healthier, more equitable communities.
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GFN’s policy research creates recommendations that lead to wider food access and fewer instances of food loss and waste. A key partner in this work is the Harvard University School of Law Food Law and Policy Clinic. Together, we have developed the Global Food Donation Policy Atlas, which chronicles barriers to food donation worldwide and recommends solutions that reduce those barriers.
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In addition to global research and recommendations, GFN conducts Network research to understand, inform, and improve food bank operations. This helps scale and accelerate food bank development and also informs GFN’s technical assistance to food banks and outreach to partners.
Our surveys cover a range of topics, including:
The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas is the first collaborative research project to examine the state of worldwide food donation laws and policies and provide country-specific policy recommendations for strengthening food recovery efforts. This research is coupled with technical assistance for GFN members that helps food banks advocate for stronger donation policies in their home country. The Atlas is a partnership between Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and The Global FoodBanking Network.
For more about this groundbreaking partnership, read Harvard Magazine’s interview with Emily Broad Leib, Founder and Director of Harvard Law School’s FLPC.