2019

The State of
Global Food Banking

The first series of studies to survey the landscape and impact of food banks globally

Community solutions for a world without hunger

Food banks around the world—which serve approximately 60 million hungry people—are working collaboratively across all sectors to help achieve the Zero Hunger target.

With a focus on the members and partner organizations of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), this report is intended to serve as an almanac of food banking, providing insights and demonstrating the effectiveness of the food banking model as a grassroots, community-led hunger intervention.

In 2018 food banks in The Global FoodBanking Network expanded service to 9.6 million people around the world in 30 countries, a 23 percent increase over the previous year.

GFN’s global impact

503+ million

kilograms distributed

9.6 million

people served

943

FOOD BANKS

30+

countries

4.4 million

estimated number of children served

55,000

beneficiary organizations

Food banking’s green solution to hunger continues to expand

GFN’s growing network

In 2018 food banks in The Global FoodBanking Network expanded service to 9.6 million people around the world in 30 countries, a 23 percent increase over the previous year. This trend speaks not just to burgeoning need but to the efficacy, viability, and scalability of food banks to meet that need. Forty-six percent of the people served are children and youth, and 50 percent are women and girls. The amount of food and groceries distributed also increased to more than 500 million kilograms, redirecting wholesome food that might have otherwise been wasted. The addition of new food banks in Jordan and Guatemala has expanded our regional reach. Outreach to new partners and the development of food banks in Bolivia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Vietnam will allow more vulnerable and food-insecure people to access the food they need to lead healthy, active lives.

GFN, FEBA, and Feeding America serve a combined 62.5 million people, prevent 2.68 million tons of food waste, and mitigate 10.54 billion kilograms of CO2 annually.

FOOD BANKS’ GLOBAL IMPACT

GFN’s groundbreaking report Waste Not, Want Not: Food Banks as a Green Solution to Hunger, released in March 2019, quantified the impact of food banking globally in alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG Target 12.3 (Responsible Consumption and Production—Reduce Food Waste). Globally, GFN and the networks of partner organizations Feeding America and the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) serve a combined 62.5 million vulnerable people. Through food recovery efforts, they prevent an estimated 2.68 million tons of wholesome food from waste and mitigate 10.54 billion kilograms of CO2 equivalents annually.

For more on the global impact of food banking, go to the Food Banking Today section of this year’s report. Details about the work of all the food banks in The Global FoodBanking Network as well as the FEBA and Feeding America networks can be explored using the links below.

The State of Global Food Banking 2019

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