Assuring Safety

GFN provides a trusted network of hunger-relief organizations. Members of our network are GFN Certified, and those affiliated with us are making great strides towards this certification, which raises them to the next level of expertise and performance.

GFN Certification assures that a food banking organization follows established legal, financial, and operational protocols to operate at optimal efficiency and effectiveness for a maximum level of impact.

The GFN Certification Requirements:

  • Organizational governance structure
  • Transparent fiscal management
  • Food safety and handling operations, compliant with domestic laws and regulations
  • Strong inventory control and product traceability
  • Effective food sourcing practices
  • Nondiscrimination in service delivery
  • Network administration policies and protocols to ensure compliance by distribution partners
  • Willingness to be an active participant in network projects, programs, and information sharing
  • Public, non-partisan leadership on the issue of hunger
  • Successful completion of a full legal due diligence assessment


Certification opens doors for stronger local assistance from global partners who are looking for credible organizations to support. This can result in more funds, volunteers, food, and other resources critical to the food bank’s growth and effectiveness.

Corporate supporters take comfort in the fundamental, dynamic, and comprehensive GFN Certification. Because GFN Certified food banks have the tools and support to operate at such high operational standards, they are best equipped to rescue and distribute more food in an efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly manner.

Visit Our Global Reach to see all of our Certified Members.

“With GFN’s support and certification,
we are able to gain the trust of potential sponsors and donors,
which will help us increase our efforts to reduce food waste
and help those in need in Taiwan.”

Nancy Liu

Deputy, Secretary-General, Taiwan People’s Food Bank Association

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Food banking is a proven solution for nourishing communities through dedicated and unified action. Join us in creating a global network of food banks that empowers the world to defeat hunger.