Excellence and Innovation in
Food Banking Awards 2024

Apply by 5 p.m. EST, June 30, 2024!

The Global FoodBanking Network’s
Excellence and Innovation in Food Banking
2024 Awards Program

The Excellence and Innovation in Food Banking awards program aim to:

  • Highlight and celebrate exceptional programs and partnerships from throughout the Network.
  • Provide a platform for food banks to demonstrate their expertise, share information and ideas, and evoke conversations around best practices, with their peers at the GFN Global Summit in September 2024.
  • Elevate the vital role of food banking in alleviating hunger and reducing food loss and waste on the global stage.

Please see the details and application process below. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact NAME AND EMAIL.

Award Categories

Food Banking Innovation Award
The GFN Food Banking Innovation Award recognizes a GFN food bank program that exhibits exceptional innovation and creativity to increase the food bank’s ability to meet hunger needs in its community. These programs enhance and improve the food bank’s service to its community through an innovative, replicable, and effective approach.

Collective Impact Award
This award recognizes a GFN Network member that is working collaboratively across its community to create strong partnerships with local organizations that bring food banking and community services together to build healthier, more resilient communities. These partnerships can include specialized programs and innovative partnerships that serve women and girls, families and children, seniors, or historically underserved communities.

Outstanding Partnership Award
This award recognizes Corporate Partners or Foundations for outstanding engagement with GFN’s Network of food banks through supporting locally led solutions to alleviate hunger and food insecurity; mobilizing volunteers in support of food banking; championing creativity and innovation in food banking; and leveraging their influence and expertise to generate community awareness and engagement on food insecurity, climate initiatives, food loss & waste efforts

Eligible Submissions

The following criteria must be met for a submission to be considered:

  • For Food Banking Innovation Award and Collective Impact Award: submitting organization must be a food bank and an active member in good standing of The Global FoodBanking Network.
  • For Outstanding Partnership Award: submitting organization must be a corporation or foundation actively partnering with a food bank that is an active member in good standing of The Global FoodBanking Network.
  • A representative from the submitting organization must be able and willing to travel and present at the GFN Global Summit in September 2024 to make a 7-minute presentation on the program or initiative, in English or Spanish.
  • The featured project or program must have been active between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.
  • One application per submitting organization; please do not apply for more than one award category.
  • The project cannot have been a previous recipient of a GFN Global Food Bank Innovation Award.

Key Selection Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated anonymously by a committee of staff and volunteers of The Global FoodBanking Network. From each category, three finalists, including one final award recipient, will be selected.

All applications will be scored against the following:

  • Innovation: Is the featured project/program utilizing a unique or improved method or model to address hunger and/or food loss and waste?
  • Replicability: Is this project/program able to be replicated by another food bank or country?
  • Effectiveness: Is the project/program providing a clear, measurable and effective solution to addressing hunger in your community and/or reducing food loss and waste?
  • Collaboration: Is the approach collaborative in nature, working with partners, funders or the local community to provide the greatest reach and impact possible?

Award Application Process and Timeline

All applicants will be required to complete a brief application form and submit a short, informal video (no more than 3 minutes in length) that illustrates the featured project/program and highlights how the project/program is meeting the Key Selection Criteria listed above.


  • June 1: Application process open for submissions
  • June 30: Application portal closes – all applications must be submitted by 5pm EST on 30, June 2024.
  • July 1: Committee selection process begins
  • July 19: Finalists and award recipient are selected
  • July 22: Finalists notified of selection
  • September 12: Finalists present at GFN Global Summit in Sydney, Australia and final award recipients are announced


If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact NAME AND EMAIL.

The application form must be filled out in one session. If you would like to draft your answers first, please download a copy of the application questions.

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