Frequently Asked Questions


Financial Contributions

Food Bank Development and Support

What countries does GFN work in?
GFN is uniquely addressing global hunger by sharing expertise and the know-how to develop food banks in more than 30 countries and evaluating the potential for food banks in additional countries throughout the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa. More information is available on the Where We Work page.

How can I volunteer with GFN?
If you are looking to volunteer in a food bank, use the Find a Food Bank tool to locate opportunities in your community. Food banks provide excellent volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, and employee engagement opportunities.

How can I apply for an internship with GFN?
Internship opportunities are open to students and recent graduates, and are based in our global headquarters in Chicago, IL, USA. If you are interested in applying, or would like more information about positions available please contact Beth Saks at

Can I donate food to GFN?
GFN does not operate a food bank warehouse and cannot accept product donations directly. If you are an individual looking to donate food, or organize a food drive Find a Food Bank in your local community. If you are a food or grocery company looking to donate product, GFN can help you connect with national networks and local food banks, and manage food donations in multiple countries and markets. Please contact us for more information.

What is GFN’s role in emergency relief efforts?
Food banks around the world are often part of the first line of response in disasters, as well as providing longer-term resources in recovery periods. When disasters occur in areas where our member food banks operate, GFN helps support the relief efforts of the national network and their local food banks. GFN cannot accept product donations for disaster relief.

How can I be added to GFN’s mailing list?
Use this online form to subscribe to our mailing list. GFN will not share or sell your information.

How can I be removed from the mailing and/or email list?
You can opt-out of email communications simply by clicking the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of an email you received from GFN. Or, Contact Us to update your mailing preferences or request to be removed from our list.

Financial Contributions

Is my donation tax deductible?
The Global FoodBanking Network is a 501(c)3 charitable organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service in the United States of America; contributions are tax-deductibile to the extent allowed by US law. Tax deductibility outside of the US is dependent on local tax regulations.

GFN’s Tax ID number (EIN) is: 20-4268851

Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?
Yes. Contributions of any size are acknowledged and receipted by The Global FoodBanking Network. Online donations are receipted via e-mail, and all checks are receipted in hard copy via postal mail unless otherwise requested.

Can I designate my donation to a specific country?
GFN does not have country specific funds, however you can request your donation be used to support projects in countries where we work.

How can I give in honor or in memory of someone?
When making a gift online check the “This gift is in honor or memory of someone” box and complete the honoree’s information. You can also make a honor or memorial gift by completing the “Tribute Gift” section of our print and send Contribution Form.  Include full contact information for the person who should receive notification of your tribute. A special letter will be sent acknowledging your thoughtful gift.

How do I sign up for Monthly Giving or adjust my monthly contribution?
You can become a Friend of Food Banking and join a group of GFN’s most dedicated and committed supporters. Sign up Online – In the Gift Information section, be sure to check the box “Yes, automatically repeat this gift every month.” Or you can download and mail the enrollment form with your completed credit card information or a voided check. To make changes to your monthly gift contact Donor Services Representative, Arielle Maldonado by phone at +1 (312) 782-4560.

What is Planned Giving?
Planned giving is the process of making a charitable gift of estate assets to The Global FoodBanking Network, a gift that requires consideration and planning in light of your overall estate plan. For more information on planned giving options, see Other Ways to Give or contact Cathe Wood, Director of Donor Relations, at

Food Bank Development

What is a food bank?
A nonprofit charitable organization that collects surplus, unsaleable, and donated food and grocery products and redistributes those items to individuals and families in need, most often through community-based charitable organizations or agencies that then provide the items to those who need them. Visit How Food Banking Works for more information.

Where does a food bank get food?
Food banks acquire food and grocery products from a variety of sources including food manufacturers, wholesalers and brokers, grocery stores and retailers, food service companies, restaurants and catering companies, farmers and fisheries, the public at large and more. Visit How Food Banking Works to learn more.

I want to start a food bank, where should I look first?
Visit Getting Started to learn more about the first steps in a food bank development project and how GFN works. Starting a food bank system requires serious and extensive planning, research, and coalition building in addition to a significant investment of resources. To help guide your initial thinking and get you started in the planning process GFN’s Network Development team has developed a toolkit – Feasibility Analysis: Starting a Food Bank System – which can be downloaded on the ToolKits page.

I want to attend the Food Bank Leadership Institute.
The Food Bank Leadership Institute is an excellent training and networking opportunity for both food bank professionals and leaders who want to learn the keys to success for new food bank development. Attendance to the Leadership Institute is by invitation. If you are interested in attending the Institute or would like more information, contact Anthony Kitchen at