The Global FoodBanking Network is pleased to convene:

Food Bank Leadership Institute 2020

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Date: July - December 2020

Food Bank Leadership Institute 2020 Goes Virtual

With the uncertainty and change brought on by COVID-19, it is especially important for food banks across the globe to discuss challenges, share ideas and experiences, and work collectively to face an uncertain future. In addition to providing critical services today, food banks are also thinking about how to prepare for the post-COVID world. To enable and facilitate this important networking and collaboration between food banks in different countries GFN will convene the first Virtual Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI).

Virtual FBLI will consist of a series of remote sessions held between July and December 2020. The sessions will be tailored so that there will be topics of interest for a variety of participants. The sessions will range from global discussions with thought leaders and experts, interactive discussions between peer groups and knowledge sharing for local impact. Virtual FBLI aims to advance ideas and strategies to enhance food bank effectiveness now and offer a forward view to navigate the recovery phase toward greater community food security and resilience.

Virtual FBLI will commence on 8 July with a special presentation and discussion on the newly released Global Food Donation Policy Atlas. Continue to visit our website for updates on Virtual FBLI and how to join this session.

About the Food Bank Leadership Institute

In 2019, over 150 food bankers from more than 50 countries convened at Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI) 2019 in London, England 25-27 March 2019. FBLI attracted not only food bankers, but corporate partners and thought leaders from across the globe to discuss the unique challenges facing the sector as they work to meet the needs of food insecure populations, while reducing food waste globally. To date, nearly 600 individuals from 74 countries have benefited from the training, idea sharing, and peer networking provided at FBLI.

Relive FBLI 2019

Check out the #FBLI2019 hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Watch full presentations here and download last year's FBLI program.

About The Global FoodBanking Network

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is an international non-profit 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. Last year, 943 GFN member food banks rescued over 500 million kilograms of food and grocery product and redirected it to feed 9.6 million people through a network of more than 55,000 social service and community-based organizations.

FBLI 2020 aims to help food banks evolve to meet the needs of their communities in a fast-changing world. Key themes will include:

  • How food banks contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • How food banks can be a valuable partner in the food industry’s zero waste initiatives.

  • How food banks can partner with the agricultural sector to use farm-level surplus to address food shortages.

  • The role of technology in helping food banks become more efficient and expand their reach.

  • The role of government in affecting policy changes.

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