Food banks are community-based organizations that address food security at the local level. Food banks recover surplus food and redirect that food to those facing hunger.
Food banks are powered by women and are uniquely equipped to serve the needs of women and girls facing hunger.
From farmers to mothers to chefs to community leaders,
Across the developing world
WOMEN MAKE UP
the nutrition and health
of their children and families.
Yet, of the 821 million
people in the world
food banking empowers women
to lead, nourish & enact change
The mission of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is to
alleviate global hunger by developing food banks in communities where
they are needed and by
supporting food banks where they exist.
in 30 countries
are served by food
banks in GFN.
of food banking
served by GFN
are led by women.
of people served
by GFN member
food banks are
women & girls.
of food banks served by GFN offer meals to children facing hunger at school.
Food banks and their partnership
with women and girls are key
to achieving the
Sustainable Development Goals
Empowering women in leadership roles through food banking and increasing the food security of women and girls will play a pivotal role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as no poverty, zero hunger, quality education and gender equality.
NO POVERTYWomen and girls, as income
earners, put their money to good
use. They are shown to reinvest
90% back into their families.
ZERO HUNGERWomen and girls are
by hunger. Yet, as mothers and household decision-makers,
women help determine the nutritional status of their children. Women and girls, as leaders,
advocate for hunger and
food security change in
Quality EducationSchool feeding is a proven
mechanism for improving school
attendance for girls, increasing their
chances of living a more productive
and healthier life. Educating women and girls in developing countries yielded
a 43% reduction in hunger.
gender equalityWomen, when given the same
resources as men, are a driving
force against hunger,
malnutrition and poverty.
AND PRODUCTIONAbout one-third of food produced
for human consumption
worldwide is wasted or lost. If
even one-fourth of this wasted
food were redirected, 870 million
hungry people could be fed.Women play important roles to
ensure food is not wasted because
of their roles in agrifood value
chains and as managers of natural
resources such as land and water.