The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is an international nonprofit organization that nourishes the world’s hungry through uniting and advancing food banks in more than 30 countries. GFN focuses on combating hunger and preventing food waste by providing expertise, directing resources, sharing knowledge, and developing connections that increase efficiency, ensure food safety, and reach more people facing hunger. In 2018, 943 GFN member food banks distributed over 500 million kilograms of food and grocery product to feed 9.6 million people through a network of more than 55,000 social service and community-based organizations.
Every year, GFN administers a network survey, which is conducted using census-style methodology. Food banks are asked to report on a variety of activities, including distribution, programs, and general operations for a calendar year, although some reporting periods on specific data may vary. GFN members report kilograms of food and grocery product distributed rather than meals, as there is a lot of variability across food banks in how meals are calculated. Beneficiary organizations are defined as local, charitable agencies directly serving individuals and families. All data is self-reported by the food banking organizations. Information on the scope of food banks from GFN’s formal partner organizations, Feeding America and the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA), is included to provide a more comprehensive picture of food banking around the world.
The external data offers contextual information on the country’s socioeconomic status, population, and need.
Photos: Ken Jones Photography. Additional photos owned and provided by participating food bank organizations and GFN.