2019 Honoree: The Global FoodBanking Network



Primary Area of Impact: Hunger, Safe Water, Poverty Alleviation
Geographic Areas: North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe
Year Founded: 2006
Website: www.foodbanking.org


The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) is an international non-profit organization based in Chicago that nourishes the world’s hungry through launching and strengthening 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, GFN member food banks rescued and redirected food to more than 9 million people facing hunger.

Social Challenge

Hunger is a solvable problem. For the first time in more than two decades, global hunger is on the rise. According to the newest edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition, nearly one in nine people go to bed hungry every night, affecting 821 million people worldwide. Many factors contribute to the state of hunger in extremely poor countries and emerging markets including poverty, conflict, lack of employment, natural disasters and insufficient social safety nets. For those in abject poverty and situations of emergency, the United Nations, World Bank and The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development governments via the World Food Programme have targeted feeding programs. However, for those in emerging markets or in non- emergency situations, the resources available to the hungry are few and far between.


  • In 2017, food banks in The Global FoodBanking Network distributed 985 million pounds of wholesome, surplus food to 7.78 million people through a network of 811 food banks.
  • More than 50% of the people served by food banks in The Global FoodBanking Network are children.
  • In 2018, The Global FoodBanking Network increased the amount of people facing hunger served from 7.78 million to more than 9 million.
  • GFN works with more than 55,000 community agencies, including school feeding programs, food pantries, soup kitchens, HIV/AIDS care centers, elder care centers, and other nonprofit programs that serve the vulnerable.