$2 million grant boosts GFN’s global mission
The Global FoodBanking Network Partners have been awarded $2 million to pilot new technologies with the aim of combatting global food insecurity.
A total of $2 million has been awarded to the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) and four of its partner foodbanks to pilot new programmes and technologies in an effort to increase access and availability of food around the world.
The funds were separated into $500,000 donations were awarded to ABACO Bancos de Alimentos de Colombia, Leket Israel, Red de Alimentos Chile, and Red Argentina de Bancos de Alimentos.
The donations were given as part of Citi Foundation’s Global Innovation Challenge – an initiative that has reportedly provided $25 million to 50 community organisations working to improve food security and strengthen the financial health of low-income families and communities around the world.
“We are deeply grateful to the Citi Foundation for this support of GFN and our food bank partners. This generous grant will help serve more communities, reach more people, and support innovative, community-led solutions to the very real food systems challenges the world faces today,” said Lisa Moon, President and CEO of The Global FoodBanking Network.
“GFN works around the world to support newly established food banks to get food where it is needed most. These funds will enhance the ability of our food bank partners to develop new approaches that in total will help millions of people who are facing hunger worldwide,” continued Moon.
The GFN has said that the grant funds will allow it and its partners to start or quickly scale specific, locally led solutions tailored to individual communities, with a goal of getting more food to where it is needed, to reduce food loss and waste, and ultimately create stronger, more resilient communities.
Asociación de Bancos de Alimentos de Colombia (ABACO) is seeking to improve access and availability of food in 92 indigenous communities in the La Guajira region through its Food for All program. The initiative will help establish local, community-led stores, community gardens, animal husbandry programs, and artisan markets. There is also an aim to provide more traditional food distribution and education programmes.
In Argentina, the funding will support members of the Red Argentina de Bancos de Alimentos (REDBdA)’s network of food banks through its Less Waste, More Nutrition project, with the goal of increasing the volume of high nutritional value food that is recovered and distributed to a population suffering from widespread food insecurity. By the end of 2025, the project will reportedly allow REDBdA food banks to distribute 21 million kilograms of food, contributing improving the nutrition of more than one million people.
Meanwhile Chile’s Red de Alimentos’ Red Virtual Directa programme aims to harness new technologies to mitigate food loss and waste. Through this technology-driven food assistance program, Red de Alimentos will be supporting the community’s most vulnerable individuals by recovering and distributing surplus food from local hotels, restaurants, and casinos and redirecting it to local vulnerable and underserved populations throughout Chile.
In addition, Leket Israel is piloting a mobile grocery truck project to collect surplus farm produce and deliver it to remote and underserved communities in the country.
The Global FoodBanking Network’s grant funds will help expand its Food Bank Accelerator program, which works directly with newly established food banks, providing financial resources, technical support and mentoring to help the food banks expand their reach to feed more people and provide more advanced services directly to their communities.