How GFN Helps Food Banks Rescue More Food
There are a number of ways that GFN helps food banks procure food to feed hungry people. Here are just a few examples:
- Education, training and mentoring – GFN provides tool kits, one-on-one mentoring, and in-field assistance to support food sourcing activities. In addition, each year we convene food bankers, thought leaders and experts for a food banking summit, The H-E-B / GFN Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI). FBLI is a unique forum for education, training and best practice sharing for food banks in all stages of development. Food sourcing is among the critical topics covered at FBLI.
- Financial grants – Thanks to generous supporters, GFN is able to provide grants to food banks to help them source and deliver more food. Recent grants have helped food banks acquire trucks, purchase and/or update cold storage, and upgrade infrastructure to support food sourcing and distribution.
- Facilities planning, development and expansion – We counsel food banks on ways to build, expand and locate so they can source and rescue food more efficiently and cost effectively. For example, several food banks have built facilities or relocated close to fresh produce markets or retail areas to make it easier to procure food that is nutritious and edible, yet does not fit the criteria for sale.
- Global connections – We help connect member food banks with global supporters that have operations in their local community. For food banks this can open the door to contacts with important resources they may not otherwise be able to access. For global partners, a food bank’s affiliation with GFN is an assurance that the food bank is credible and meets international standards.
- Volunteer activities – Volunteers are a significant source of support for food banks. Collecting and rescuing food is one way individuals and groups help ensure that food banks stay stocked with food. We help facilitate volunteer efforts (of all sizes) for business, faith and service groups who wish to help food banks in the GFN network.
GFN and Food Sourcing
- GFN Member Food Bank in Panama Distributes 60,000 Meals in January
- Network Update: Bulgaria
- Strategic Location Offers Abundance of Nutritious Produce
- Due to a lack of laws, some companies prefer to throw away a good steak rather than donate it.
- Europe Eyes Food Waste
At The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), we hunger to make the world a better place through food banking. GFN is a global non-profit organization committed to creating, supporting and strengthening food banks and food bank networks throughout the world, in countries outside the US.